By Katie Benoit SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS)- The Syracuse Peace Council held it’s annual procession downtown today in commemoration of those who their lives lost in the bombing of Nagasaki. Today is the 72nd anniversary of the attack on the Japanese city by the United States during World War II. That day 40,000 people died and thousands more were injured from the blast. The goal behind the procession is to promote peace and bring a stop to the use of the atomic weapons.
“It’s very visually moving, we use puppets and a variety of props to commemorate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” Diane Swords, member of the Syracuse Peace Council Committee said.
The stat of the parade explores the theme of the terror that comes from nuclear weapons and transitions to focus on the benefits of a world free from atomic bombs. Props like peace flags, doves, and sunflowers seeds are also used.
“It moves from the terror, to the hope,” said Swords.
An art gallery called Present tense: Selections from “The A-Bomb and Humanity” was also unveiled today at the Bishop Harrison Center on Lancaster Avenue. The exhibit displays pictures and art depicting the suffering from the two atomic attacks. It is open until Sept. 8.