15 Jul

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration in Bangor on August 6th

The Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine invites the public to participate THIS THURSDAY in a free event commemorating the 64th anniversary of the two nuclear bombings of civilian populations. We will gather outside the Bangor Public Library in Peirce Park at noon Thursday August 6th. Below is a description of the event.

12:00 “Die-In” Peirce Park next to Bangor Public Library
Following readings about the day and a song by Marty Kelly, we will lie down to represent more than 100,000 killed in Hiroshima on Auust 6th 1945, more than 70,000 killed in Nagasaki on August 9th, 1945, and the tens of thousands who died of radiation poisoning in the weeks following, or were permanently maimed by the bombing.

12:30 Showing of slide show “Unforgettable Fire,” Conference Room, Bangor Public Library
The die-in will be followed by a showing of slides of drawings by survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki entitled “Unforgettable Fire” in the conference room of the Bangor Public Library. The slide show was compiled with the help of the late University of Maine Professor of History, Howard Schonberger, during his 1975-76 Fullbright sabbatical to Japan. Ann Schonberger, his widow, will be present to share their experience of working with Japanese students at the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima to translate captions from the original work into English.

UPDATE: The file player below is Eric Olson on WERU Peacetime (Monday 8-3-09) describing this event. Here is a LINK where you can reach the Hiroshima program featuring the late Walter Cronkite mentioned in the segment. There you may listen to audio of his 3-minute commentary from this 2005 PRI special, Lessons from Hiroshima: 60 years later. Below is the player for Peacetime:

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