Since 1980 we have commemorated the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Western Massachusetts. After a wonderful turnout in Easthampton in 2017, we will be holding the event again at Nashawannuck Pond (downtown, at the intersection of Lake St. and Williston Ave.) with a host of community sponsors. The event will be on Sunday, August 5 from 7pm to 8:30pm.
The remembrance event brings people together not just to remember the past, but the current existing threat of nuclear weapons, that many experts have stated is greater than in the last 60 years. The event will reiterate the call for an end to all nuclear weapons.
However, the event is not just a solemn occasion to remember the past, but also to celebrate life and our hopes for the future. There will be music, brief speakers including Mayor LaChapelle and representatives of the Nuclear Ban Campaign.
At approximately 8:15pm, there will have a floating lantern ceremony, in which lighted lanterns will be placed into the pond. Some children will have enclosed their written hopes for the future on these boats.
This is a kid friendly event. Everyone is welcome!
(Featured image is from the Daily Hampshire Gazette)