August 6th and 9th mark the 73rd 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 more of these events and learn how you can help ensure a safer, healthier world. All events are free.
American Society of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors Commemoration Service
Date: Sunday, August 5th
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 73 years since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. This year’s guest speaker is PSR-LA Board Member Dr. Jimmy Hara.
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 73 years ago and will continue to burn until the world is free of nuclear weapons. Click here for more information.
Ban Nuclear Weapons: Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembrance Vigil
Date: Sunday, August 5th
Time: 3:30 PM – 5PM
Place: Chain Reaction Peace Sculpture
1800 block of Main Street, at the Santa Monica Civic Center in Santa Monica.
The event will feature a variety of speakers and a highlighted peace ceremony at 4:15 p.m, the exact time the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945 (8:15 a.m. in Japan). At 5 p.m., a peace Walk begins to Arlington West at the Santa Monica Pier for a candlelight vigil led by Veterans for Peace.
The event is co-sponsored by PSR-LA, California Solartopia, Fukushima Support Committee, Veterans for Peace Los Angeles, Progressive Asian Network for Action, Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace, Answer Los Angeles, the International Health and Epidemiology Research Center, Peace Action, Office of the Americas, and Friends of Chain Reaction. Click here for more information.
Support Fukushima, Remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial
Date: Tuesday, August 8th
Time: 6:15 – 7 PM (Moment of silence at 7:02, the exact time the A-bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.)
Place: Frances K. Hashimoto Plaza, Frances K. Hashimoto Plaze in front of JACC in Little Tokyo (South of Second Street between San Pedro and Central.)
Speakers include Fumiko Kometani, award-winning author & lifelong peace activistm M. Kato, Fukushima survivor, and Michael Lindley, Veterans for Peace Los Angeles. Prayers will be offered by Reverend Ryuzen Hayashi of Koyasan Buddhist Temple and Reverend Dickson Kazuo Yagi, Emeritus Professor of Christian Studies, Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan. The event will also feature a white dove ceremony and a taiko performance by Maceo Hernandez of East L.A. Taiko
Sponsored by San Fernando Valley Chapter, JACL and Fukushima Support Committee. Endorsed by: Progressive Asian Network for Action (PANA), Doves Release, Physicians for Social Responsibility LA, Nikkei Progressives, Veterans for Peace LA, MLK Coalition of Greater LA, Topanga Peace Alliance, SoCal 350 Climate Action, Los Angeles Corean Progressive JINBO Network, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR), VietUnity. Click here for more information.