Bomb­ings re­mem­bered

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

SYDNEY — A small cer­e­mony is set for Sydney this week to mark the 75th an­niver­sary of the drop­ping of the first atomic bombs that dev­as­tated two Ja­panese cities and led to that coun­try’s ul­ti­mate sur­ren­der at the end of the Sec­ond World War.

The event is hosted by Peace Quest Cape Bre­ton and the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. It will take place Thurs­day at 8 a.m. out­side city hall. A procla­ma­tion will be read ac­knowl­edg­ing the Aug. 6 bomb­ing of Hiroshima and the at­tack on Na­gasaki that hap­pened three days later.

It is es­ti­mated that as many as 250,000 peo­ple, mostly civil­ians, per­ished af­ter the nu­clear weapons were det­o­nated over the two cities.

“The peo­ple of the world will not be se­cure un­til the arms race is halted and the threat of nu­clear war elim­i­nated,” states the procla­ma­tion that will be read by Coun. Amanda McDougall.

Due to so­cial dis­tanc­ing pro­to­col, the gath­er­ing will be lim­ited to a small group of mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials and Peace Quest mem­bers and sup­port­ers.

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