August 6th and 9th, the anniversaries of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively, have for many years been occasions for remembering those horrifying events and strengthening our resolve to assure that such weapons are never used again.
In a world where nuclear weapons are still available the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombings took on a special significance among groups working for peace and in the many events organized in remembrance.
The need to organize online rather than in person due to the threat of the COVID virus did not lessen the resolve of the many organizers and participants. Among the online events were one organized by the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and one (attended by a number of sisters of Our Lady’s Missionaries) sponsored by the Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition (Toronto). The message was a strong call to everyone to do what we can to bring about the elimination of all nuclear weapons.
A specific goal is to have all nuclear armed nations become a party to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which was adopted by the UN in 2017. Canada has not yet signed this treaty. Prime Minister Trudeau and the Canadian government are being urged not only to sign the treaty but to take a leadership role on nuclear disarmament.
Setsuko Thurlow, who at the age of 13 was a victim of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, spoke at both events. Her message was a passionate plea for the elimination of all nuclear weapons. She expressed gratitude for the progress that has been made and for all those who are committed to continuing their efforts until this goal is achieved.
Sr. Frances Brady, OLM
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