Friday, July 29, 2016

Annual Commemoration of the Hiroshima Bombing, 6th August 2016

The annual commemoration for the victims of the Hiroshima atomic bomb will take place on Saturday, 6th August, the 71st anniversary of the bombing, at 2.00 p.m. at the memorial cherry tree in Merrion Square park, Dublin 2.

Approximately 16,500 nuclear weapons remain in the world today. While this is less than the Cold War peak, it is still enough to destroy life on earth as we know it many times over. 

The ceremony will take place at the memorial cherry tree planted by Irish CND in 1980. The commemoration will be opened by Cllr Mary Freehill, representing the Lord Mayor of Dublin. Mrs Mari Miyoshi, the Japanese Ambassador to Ireland, and Canon Patrick Comerford, the President of Irish CND, and will also speak. There will be short contributions of poetry and music from Irish and Japanese artists (weather permitting) and the laying of a wreath at the memorial tree. Representatives of several other embassies will also be in attendance. 

This annual ceremony gives us all an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the victims of these horrific weapons of mass destruction, and to affirm our determination to work for their elimination, the only way to ensure that the ghastly events of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will not be repeated. Please do come and attend this moving and inspiring ceremony if you can.

Speakers and musicians at the 2015 Hiroshima Commemoration in Merrion Square

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