Gathering to remember Hiroshima victims of atomic bomb

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A gathering to remember the victims of the bombing of Hiroshima in Japan in 1945 will take place on Tuesday (August 6) at the boating lake in Alexandra Park from 8.30pm, not tomorrow as incorrectly printed in today’s Observer.

Local author Ann Kramer will start the proceedings with Mayor Alan Roberts, followed by songs of peace sung by Las Pasionarias choir and the Soka Gakkai International local group. The event will culminate with the launching of paper lanterns.

Everybody is welcome.

The atomic bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan were carried out by the United States during the final stages of the Second World War in 1945.

American airmen dropped Little Boy on the city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, followed by Fat Man over Nagasaki on August 9.

Within the first two to four months of the bombings, the effects killed up to 166,000 people in Hiroshima and between 60,000 and 80,000 in Nagasaki.