Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Christian CND has joined many others around the world in commemorating the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the Second World War.

Over 100,000 people died when the Americans first dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima on August 6 1945 – with Nagasaki targeted three days later.

Every year people around the world gather to remember the events, with many including rededications to the cause of peace and working towards nuclear disarmament. The events are led by those taking place in Japan, where the survivors of the bombings, known as Hibakusha, have led efforts for disarmament for decades.

For the fourth year Christian CND and the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship came together for a peace vigil on the evening of August 6. The event featured prayers, a litany for peace, songs and a message from Bishop Christopher Cocksworth of Coventry. If you didn’t join us on the night you can catch up with the vigil on YouTube.

Coventry Cathedral Hiroshima Service: (L-R) John Cooper (FoR), Ann Farr (Pax Christi), John (Passionists) and CCNDs Martin Tiller

Christian CND was honoured once again to be represented at the service commemorating the attacks held in Coventry Cathedral. This brought together many Christian peace groups and included making pot peace cranes and a recorded message from the Bishop of Coventry, Christopher Cocksworth.

Christian CND was also involved in the annual remembrance service in Essex – which this year was held in Romford Quaker Meeting House. As always a candle which was delivered from Hiroshima was lit during the service and the talk this year was given by Valerie Flessati from Pax Christi.

The organisers of Essex Christian CND event in Romford.
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