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August 6 and 9 – Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and a New Path Toward a Nuclear Weapons Free World

August 6th and 9th mark the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing over 200,000 people, primarily women, children, and the elderly – and leaving more to suffer from cancer and other illnesses related to radiation exposure. Now more than ever, we must redouble our efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons. Please attend one or both of these events and learn how you can help ensure a safer, healthier world.

DATE: Sunday, August 6th
TIME: 2-3 PM
PLACE: Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The American Society of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors, The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center and Koyasan Buddhist Temple invite the public to attend their annual Commemoration Service marking 72 years since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

This year’s guest speaker is Dr. Takeshi Matsumoto, a medical doctor who has helped treat hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) and provided oversight and medical exam rooms for the bi-annual health exams for hibakusha in Los Angeles.

Koyasan Buddhist Temple is home to the Hiroshima Peace Flame, which was ignited from the Peace Flame that burns in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The flame is a reminder of the horrible events that occurred 71 years ago and will continue to burn until the world is free of nuclear weapons.

DATE: Wednesday, August 9th
TIME: 7PM – 8PM
PLACE: Chain Reaction Peace Sculpture

1800 block of Main Street, at the Santa Monica Civic Center. Parking is available in the lot at 1821 Main Street, or in the structure at 333 Civic Center Dr. Or, consider taking the new Expo line just blocks away.

A remembrance and vigil will commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. We will call on all nations to work together to abolish nuclear weapons, as required by the recently adopted U.N. Treaty on the Prohibitions of Nuclear Weapons. (See VC Star op-ed “A treaty that could change – and save – the world” by PSR-LA Board President Dr. Robert Dodge.)

The event is sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility-LA, Pax Christi of Southern California, Solartopia, International Health and Epidemiology Research Center, and Friends of Chain Reaction.