Anniversary of Hiroshima calls for peace

Posted By: Kelsey Murphy

Hiroshima, August 6th, 1945, the United States dropped a nuclear bomb to put an end to WWII.

The bomb flattened almost everything in a 1.2 mile radius and claimed the lives of nearly 140,000 people.

71 years later, people are hoping to stop history from repeating itself.

"Nuclear weapons are not dead, they are not even in a static position, they are actively being upgraded in the field and we have to say ever louder “No more Hiroshima’s," Loring Wirbell, Research Director, said.

A crowd gathered at Holmes Lake to make and release lanterns as a symbol of peace.

Some reading messages of harmony, others with pictures of a world they hope to become ours.

The release of the homemade lanterns, into the lake, represent a guide for souls who suffered a traumatic death to their resting place.

Saturday, the lanterns represent the lives of those killed in Hiroshima.

"We are extinguishing a flame every time there is a death and we want to commemorate and continue to remember those in particular," John Atkeison, Participant, said.

Loring Wirbell, the speaker for the night worries that the recent Strategic Force Modernization Program is a step backwards from President Obama’s early plan to zero out nuclear bombs.

"We always try to memorialize Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to make people remember it. But, this year is particularly relevant in saying this program is beginning now and its time to start re–thinking this now before it is too late and we get a whole new round of nuclear weapons," Wirbell, said.

Nebraskans for Peace want to use these individual flames to show people that, even in dark places, hope and peace can bring light to the world.