Seventy-four years ago, the United States dropped nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two of the most horrific acts of warfare in history. Join organizations around the world to commemorate the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and urge our leaders to prevent such a horror from ever happening again.
Events include lantern floating ceremonies, origami crane making, concerts, readings, religious services, vigils, walks, fasts, rallies, film screenings, exhibitions and more.
Many of the events include a call or appeal for action. Individuals, parliamentarians, city councils, civil society leaders and non-govermental organisations are invited to support these calls/appeals even if they cannot attend an event. These include:
- Hibakusha Appeal for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons;
- Call on governments to sign or ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons;
- Appeals to nuclear-armed states for them to adopt nuclear-risk reduction measures (e.g. the Human Survival Project Appeal for nuclear risk reduction and the Back from the Brink nuclear risk-reduction resolution);
- Call on individuals, universities, religious institutions, cities, governments and financial institutions to divest from (end investments in) companies manufactuing nuclear weapons or their delivery systems. (See Move the Nuclear Weapons Money).
The City of Hiroshima released the official Hiroshima Peace Declaration 2019 on August 6. You can also see a video clip of Mayor Matsui delivering the Peace Declaration.
The City of Nagasaki released the Nagasaki Peace Declaration2019 on August 9.
For more information on nuclear disarmament actions for Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days, see Nuclear Remembrance and Action Week Guide. Check Abolition 2000 facebook page for posts of event photos and articles.
Physicians for Social Responsibility has a list of commemoration events in 16 US states and DC. Search for events by state here.