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Make a lantern to place at the edge of the lake in Alexandra Park to commemorate Hiroshima Day

Make a lantern to say: “No more Hiroshimas!”

In 1945, the United States Air Force dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with tragic and devastating consequences. Hundreds of thousands of people died, many instantaneously, others soon after from burns and shock, and yet more from the impact of radiation in the months and years that followed. By 1950, an estimated 340,000 people had died as a result of the two bombs. Rona Drennan of Hastings Against War explains how you can help mark this tragic day and make a stand for peace.

For the past 15 years Hastings Against War has marked the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, remembering the victims and uniting with them in the Japanese tradition of floating lanterns at sunset.

You are invited to join us
on Saturday 6 August
in Alexandra Park
as the light fades at 8:30pm on Hiroshima Day.

We will gather in the lower park at the “boating lake”
by the War Memorial.

The ceremony will commence with a welcome by
Deputy Mayor Councillor Margi O’Callaghan.

In accordance with Hastings Borough Council health and safety concerns, we will not float the lanterns but place them on the path around the lake and light them at sunset. Bring your own home-made lanterns – as many as you can make! If you can’t bring lanterns of your own, please don’t stay away – others are already making lanterns to spare.

3 ways to make your own lanterns

Click here for instructions on creating a variety of lanterns, from origami to decorated margarine tubs.

For more information on the 1945 atomic bombings see the CND Hiroshima and Nagasaki exhibition. You can find out more about Hastings Against War on their website.

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Posted 17:45 Sunday, Jul 17, 2022 In: Campaigns

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