Hiroshima day: Commemorating the day 135,000 people were vaporized, burned or poisoned by the atom bomb


Kingston has long commemorated Hiroshima Day with an evening ceremony. Lately people have gathered beneath the century-old silver maples at Skeleton Park. They fashion origami peace cranes, listening to poetry and music. As darkness falls. They float tiny paper boats carrying candles that flicker across the water of the wading pool.

“This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world.”

Participants repeat these 12 simple words in numerous languages. They’ve been borrowed from a plaque on the statue of Sadako Sasaki that stands at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. Sadako was a 12-year-old girl killed by what her mother called “atom bomb disease.”

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