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Hiroshima Day Procession to Take Place In Central New York

Refugee children in Syracuse made these dove signs to hold in the march. The dove represents peace. (c) Alazia Williams

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By Alazia Williams SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)—  

On Aug. 6, 1945, the American bomber Enola Gay dropped a five-ton bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. It has been over 70 years since the bombing of Hiroshima and citizens all across the United States are still commemorating the event.

The Syracuse Peace Council (SPC) and Nuclear Free World Committee of SPC, formerly Peace Action Central New York, is having a Hiroshima Day Procession to bring awareness of this tragedy that happened so long ago.

Event Coordinator Caroline Tihanyi explained why it is important to hold this event.

“It’s a way to remember the people who died at Hiroshima, Nagasaki and it’s also a form of protest because we feel like it was an atrocity that this happened.”

The Peace Council’s website says the U.S. continues to engage in international war posturing, including threats of nuclear war with weapons hundreds of times more powerful than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs.

SPC is also calling on federal representatives to support the Restricting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act. The act would deny President Trump the authority to launch a first strike with nuclear weapons without a declaration of war from Congress.

Tihanyi says Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has already signed the petition and they are trying to get Sen. Chuck Schumer to join.

The Syracuse Peace Council was founded in 1936 and is an antiwar and social justice organization.

The procession will take place on Aug. 6 from 11:3 a.m to 1 p.m. in the afternoon at City Hall Commons.