Hiroshima Vigil

PLEASE JOIN Columbia Friends Meeting and Carolina Peace Community on Friday, August 6th, from 7 to 8 pm at Columbia Friends Meeting (120 Pisgah Church Road 29203). We will remember the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to honor the hibakusha – the last remaining survivors of the explosions.  We will begin with silent, expectant worship in the manner of Quakers and then share as we are led.

In August people around the world hold vigils in memory of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to remember and to pledge never to use nuclear weapons again. Columbia Friends have held vigils since the early 1990’s when Rebecca (since deceased) and Harry Rogers organized silent vigils.

South Carolinians, we hope, will commemorate Hiroshima Day. Savannah River Site in the 1950’s began producing materials used in nuclear weapons. Not only have key explosive components of nuclear weapons been constructed here, but our state also has been a center for nuclear weapon and nuclear waste production. Currently, Savannah River Site is being planned as a factory to create nuclear triggers for more nuclear weapons.

This year, Columbia’s annual Hiroshima Day will remember the destruction caused by nuclear weapons, celebrate community, and pledge to walk together in peace.

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Hiroshima August 8th Event

Standing in solidarity for peace and social concerns at the Hiroshima vigil on August 8th. Maintaining social distancing and wearing mask Quakers wanted to speak up and be heard in the community. Quakers not wanting history to repeat itself fighting the good fight for our environmental safety and the future of our children.

photo credit: Crush Rush

If you missed the premiere of Lori Donath’s documentary short Peace Now: Clean Up, Not build up at Savannah River Site. Watch down below:

“Hiroshima Remembrance” Events

Seventy-five years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, survivors are #StillHere speaking truth to power.  Unfortunately, nuclear weapons are also  #StillHere.  That’s why Columbia’s Hiroshima Remembrance Committee and a national coalition of over 100 organizations are marking the 75th anniversary with calls to leaders to ensure that these weapons are never used again. 

Because of COVID-19, this year’s 30th “Hiroshima Remembrance” local event has been changed.  On Saturday, August 1st and Saturday, August 8th, committee members will be at the corner of Main and Blanding Streets (just north of Soda City) from 9 am to 11 am.  We’ll share our efforts to “Prioritize Peace in the U.S. Budget” and to say “No Plutonium Pits Production at SRS.”  More details on our Facebook events page:  “Hiroshima Remembrance: Envision Peace Now”   bit.ly/nonukessc

We are also excited to be participating in two national, virtual #StillHere events on Thursday, August 6th and Sunday, August 9th.  South Carolina’s nuclear issues will be highlighted on August 9th when our locally-produced documentary film short asks viewers to hold onto visions of peace and stand against nuclear proliferation. The 15-minute documentary, Peace Now: Clean Up Not Build Up at Savannah River Site,  “introduces audiences to SRS and to challenges met and those upcoming, namely the proposed production of plutonium pits (triggers for nuclear weapons) at SRS. Placing Savannah River Site in the context of nuclear weapons development more broadly, Tom Clements of SRS Watch, along with other South Carolina activists, inform and inspire on the long road to nuclear disarmament, where the work is hard, but the reward is priceless.”

Be sure to tune in on Sunday, August 9th to watch Peace Now: Clean Up Not Build Up at Savannah River Site  (scheduled to air 2:55 pm – 3:10 pm)  Go to www.hiroshimanagasaki75.org for updates.  

Please join with us and tens of thousands of fellow peace-minded individuals in commemorating the 75th anniversary at the livestream #StillHere events August 6 & 9.  Together we will honor survivors, who are #StillHere, and commit to actions to finally eliminate the global nuclear threat, which is also, unfortunately, #StillHere. 

* Columbia’s 30th Hiroshima Remembrance is sponsored by The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and Carolina Peace Resource Center.