Hiroshima and Nagasaka bombings: 65th anniversary to be marked by prayers at Capitol
The Capitol steps have been busy places lately, playing host to everything from announcements about breathable plutonium at Rocky Flats and a new Bill Ritter and Lance Armstrong-touted pro bike race to the celebration of yesterday's Prop 8 ruling. But at 3 p.m. on Sunday, a group will mark two somber events -- the 65th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings.
The remembrance is sponsored by the local affiliate of Pax Christi, the national Catholic peace movement, but George McShea, who'll be emceeing the gathering, emphasizes that "the prayer service will be interfaith, ecumenical. Everybody's welcome."
Also speaking with be Michio Taniwaki, a Hiroshima survivor who'll bring home the message that the atomic attacks on August 6 and August 9, 1945, are anything but ancient history -- and McShea notes that there's a local hook, too.
"Within the State of Colorado, there are 49 nuclear weapons on trigger alert, meaning they're ready go to at quick notice," he says, adding, "Our future, or lack of a future, depends on nuclear weapons."
Below, find a flier with details about the event:
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