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Hiroshima/Nagasaki Bombings Vigil Tonight in Waltham

A local Waltham group is planning a vigil to remember the victims fo the bombings that ended World War II.

A vigil to mark the 67th anniversary of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be held today at 7:45 a.m. on the Waltham Common.

The Waltham Concerned Citizens are sponsoring the event intended to remember the victims of the bombings of the two Japanese islands that ended World War II. In Nagasaki, 70,000 people and in Hiroshima, 140,000 people died. 

The WCC was founded in 1981 to stop the use of nuclear weapons and work for peace.

Robert Norwood August 05, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I can never figure these people out. The Japanese ran death camps every bit as bad the Nazis in Europe, they were a brutal and miserable race of people in that war determined to take down as many with them as they could and yet these folks focus on the fact that we dropped a couple powerful bombs rather than give in to their demands that we just forget it all or, invade and join with them in a suicide pact. Maybe these folks haven't studied the histories. I can't believe their issue is that we dropped single bombs that killed less people than the thousand bomber fire raids on Dresden and Heidelberg - which were open cities, or the devastating raid on Hamburg. I mean, is it really the single bomb thing or a need to make the U.S. feel guilty for ending a war they didn't start? Radiation burns, illness, etc. was no worse than death by infection, typhus, and the host of other things that followed the devastation over Germany and yes, people died for months afterwards there as well. I don't like war on civilian populations, I don't like war at all - I'm a former soldier. But these atom bomb weepers have no idea what they are talking about and only look stupid and silly. Maybe they should also ring some gongs for the thousands upon thousands of allied POWs worked and starved to death, tortured to death, at the hands of the Japanese. Maybe they could combine all of their gong ringing in memory of all who died in the tragedy that was that war, a war started by, well, we know who.

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