Aug 6 & 9: Hiroshima & Nagasaki Commemorations

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Every year around August 6 and 9, Peace Action and its grassroots network of chapters and affiliates host and participate in activities to commemorate the anniversaries of the 1945 nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.

This year, the tradition will continue with festivals, candle-lighting and other creative remembrances of those who lost their lives or were injured during these attacks. Peace Action will reach out to local communities to stress the importance of building the movement for zero nuclear weapons at the local, national and international levels. We want to make sure that nuclear weapons are never used again.

In addition to activities here at home, representatives from Peace Action are also invited every year to Japan by our sister peace group Gensuikin to join Japanese and other peace activists from around the world in solidarity and remembrance of those horrible attacks.

Last year, Peace Action’s Organizing and Policy Director Paul Kawika Martin travelled to Japan where he spoke before thousands of peace activists from Japan and other countries around the world.

In the coming weeks, Peace Action will have a complete list of activities planned by our grassroots network around Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days. Visit for more information.

Planned Events:

  • July 16: Massachusetts Peace Action will host a festival for a Nuclear Free Future, connecting nuclear weapons and the use of nuclear power on the anniversary of the first nuclear weapons test.
  • Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace will have its annual Hiroshima/ Nagasaki evening in Avon, New York (date to be announced). Following a solemn vigil, there will be lighting of candles music by local musicians. More information will be available on their website at
  • Sunday, August 7, 2011, at Loose Park Lake in Kansas City, Missouri, PeaceWorks Kansas City is having its annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembrance. Activities will include 45 lanterns for 1945, the year the atomic bomb was dropped, 66 gongs for 66 years since the bombing, 30 large mounted posters from the Hiroshima Peace Cultural Museum and guest speakers.

In the coming weeks, Peace Action will have a complete list of activities planned by our grassroots network around Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days. Visit for more information.

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  • Ronald P. Matonti

    Any peace activities going on in Suffolk County,Long Island,NY?

  • Hal

    Peace activities are peaceful witnessing with a symbol or a sign, so you don’t need much except a personal commitment and a public place to express your 1st Amendment rights.

    In Rochester, NY we have had weekly, Sunday noon peace vigils for almost 8 years, 52 weeks per year, and it only gets better.


  • Bryan

    SOUTH-CENTRAL WISCONSIN: Sun., Aug. 7, 7 p.m. (Governor Dodge State Park) ANNUAL LANTERNS FOR PEACE EVENT This international, intergeneration event to be held at the Twin Valley Lake beach shelter at Governor Dodge State Park, begins at 7 p.m. with lantern making and story telling. A children’s chorus is being formed to perform at the event. Do you have children or grandkids who enjoy singing? If so, contact Jane Kavaloski at At dusk the unique and beautiful floating of the Lanterns for Peace, to commemorate the 66th Anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, will take place on the lake. Please bring finger-food to share; water and juice will be provided. A day pass or park sticker will be required. This event is sponsored by the Grassroots Citizens for Peace. For more information, call Jane H. Kavaloski at above email.

  • AFG

    There will is an annual peace action in memory of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in Cambridge, UK – where we light peace lantern ‘boats’ and float them across the River Cam in the dark. This year it will be tomorrow, 7 August – meet on the riverbank on the Midsummer Common side of Victoria Bridge.

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