Ashland ceremony to recall bombings

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom plans two events to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.

A ceremony is planned at 8 a.m. Thursday on the Plaza in downtown Ashland, with the lighting of a memorial candle in remembrance of the victims of the bombings.

There will be a moment of silence at 8:15, marking the exact time the bomb was detonated by the U.S. above the city of Hiroshima. A reading of the 1981 proclamation designating Ashland as a nuclear-free zone will follow.

After the ceremony, the public will be invited to wander “Nuclear Alley” until 7 p.m. Built by WILPF members, the alley is a large canvas and wood structure created to teach about the history of nuclear weapons and their impact on local and international communities.

On Sunday, the date of the bombing of Nagasaki, there will be a ceremony at 3 p.m. at the Japanese Garden in Lithia Park, Ashland. Local activists will float sunflowers, the symbol of the nuclear-free movement, down Ashland Creek.

For more information, contact Keri Seidel at keri.seidel@hotmail.com or 488-9148.

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