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Campeace vigil to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Rachel | 09.08.2004 17:42 | Anti-militarism | Cambridge

At 8.30 this yesterday evening on midsummer common a vigil was held to commemorate the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. 30 people attended the Campeace organised event.

We stood in silence for 5 minutes holding hands.This silence was followed by some thoughts on Hiroshima and Nagasaki being expressed by participants. There was then another 5 minutes of silence in which we held hands. Lanterns were then lit and left to float in the river.

Local resident, Margaret Wright said that, for her the purpose of the vigil was "to keep the tradition going which was started at least 20 years ago by cambridge CND to remember the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945." She wanted to point that the Cambridge commemoration was only one of many such events which were held worldwide yesterday. (see She sees the aim of these vigils as being to "seek peace", and to "seek the abolition of all weapons of mass destruction."