WINSTED — The Winsted Space Peace Motion group, along side Camp Kinderland in Tolland, Mass., held a vigil to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Monday, Aug 9 at East Finish Park.
Greater than 10 members of the group took half within the occasion together with greater than 50 members of the summer time camp.
Through the last phases of World Battle II in August 1945, the USA dropped atomic bombs on the 2 cities in Japan.
Over 200,000 individuals died because of accidents and radiation poisoning within the bombings.
The vigil has been held for years at East Finish Park organized by each the Peace Motion group and the camp.
“We’re right here to recollect and ensure persons are conscious of the hazard of nuclear warfare,” group member Jen Perga stated. “In fact there may be nonetheless a hazard of a nuclear warfare. Between us and the Russians, there are literally thousands of nuclear bombs. Quite a lot of international locations have them as nicely. Any nation with a nuclear bomb is a fear. The younger college students which can be going to be out right here didn’t develop up within the Fifties with the nuclear desk drills, so that they most likely don’t give it some thought fairly often. So I feel it might be nice if we get extra individuals concerned.”
“The hazard of nuclear warfare remains to be actual,” group member Barbara Braunstein stated. “Nuclear missiles can nonetheless be used each time somebody decides to push that little crimson button. Now we have to cease creating them and we now have to destroy them now whereas we nonetheless can. I wouldn’t be out right here except I feel one thing can change.”
“Within the morning at Camp Kinderland, these younger individuals created a ceremony in reminiscence of the lives that had been misplaced when the bombs dropped,” Camp workers member Judy Rosenbaum stated. “Yearly we now have had some ceremonial recognition of the bombings as a result of the campers wish to have a world of peace. They assume that nuclear weapons are very harmful. They assume bombs must be banned and there shouldn’t be wars. They assume this vigil is an effective technique to specific these emotions and get the message out to others.”