Hiroshima & Nagasaki bombing remembrance in Northampton

Event started with a rally for peace

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s been 69 years since the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Saturday night in Northampton, residents gathered to honor the lives that were lost, and look towards the future.

The American Friends Service Committee of Western Massachusetts partnered with the Nuclear Free Future Coalition.

Their event started with a rally, where protesters carried signs asking the community to “remember humanity.”

Many participants say they fear for the future of our world, knowing destructive weapons still exist.

Ira Helfand of Prevention of Nuclear War group said, “There’s still an enormous nuclear arsenal in the world, and the use of even a very small fraction of those nuclear weapons could lead to catastrophic climate destruction and world wide famine.”

Participants also discussed current conflict overseas such as the recent bombings in Iraq, and conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

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