Service to remember victims of atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Remembrance service in Alexandra Park to remember those that lost their lives on Aug 6th/9th 1945 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo by Sid Saunders SUS-161008-081220001
Remembrance service in Alexandra Park to remember those that lost their lives on Aug 6th/9th 1945 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo by Sid Saunders SUS-161008-081220001

A ceremony was held in Hastings last week for the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Hastings Against War held the ceremony on August 9 in Alexandra Park by the boating lake.

Remembrance service in Alexandra Park to remember those that lost their lives on Aug 6th/9th 1945 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo by Sid Saunders SUS-161008-081234001

Remembrance service in Alexandra Park to remember those that lost their lives on Aug 6th/9th 1945 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo by Sid Saunders SUS-161008-081234001

The event marked the 71st anniversary of the destruction of Nagasaki by the United States, which followed the destruction of Hiroshima towards the end of the Second World War.

At least 185,000 people are thought to have died in the bombings, the fatalities being due to the initial blasts, the fires it caused and radiation sickness.

Around 100 people attended the ceremony including the mayor of Hastings Judy Rogers, who opened the ceremony, as well as the deputy mayor Nigel Sinden.

After singing Las Pasionarias, floating lanterns were set upon the surface of the lake at sunset in the traditional Japanese style. This was accompanied by flute music performed by Bernard Goldman with a composition of his own for the occasion.

Remembrance service in Alexandra Park to remember those that lost their lives on Aug 6th/9th 1945 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo by Sid Saunders SUS-161008-081207001

Remembrance service in Alexandra Park to remember those that lost their lives on Aug 6th/9th 1945 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo by Sid Saunders SUS-161008-081207001

This action is also undertaken in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as other cities around the world on the August 6 and 9.

Hastings Against War was founded in 2003 in response to the threat of the invasion of Iraq and now campaigns against the renewal of Trident, the arms trade and the use of drones.

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Remembrance service in Alexandra Park to remember those that lost their lives on Aug 6th/9th 1945 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo by Sid Saunders SUS-161008-081153001

Remembrance service in Alexandra Park to remember those that lost their lives on Aug 6th/9th 1945 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo by Sid Saunders SUS-161008-081153001

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Remembrance service in Alexandra Park to remember those that lost their lives on Aug 6th/9th 1945 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo by Sid Saunders SUS-161008-081139001

Remembrance service in Alexandra Park to remember those that lost their lives on Aug 6th/9th 1945 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Photo by Sid Saunders SUS-161008-081139001

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