Near the Loose Park Lagoon in Kansas City, Mo., 55 persons gathered Aug. 4 for PeaceWorks’ annual Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance. Thanks to videographer Spencer Graves, we can hear:
–Dave Pack saying he thought of the horrors of the last few days—massacres in El Paso and Dayton—as he listened to the gongs marking the 74 years since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki;
–Atsuki Mori recalling that during many air raids in Japan in 1945, her physician grandmother would stand on the roof of the hospital in Osaka, Japan, waving her stethoscope to keep pilots from bombing the hospital;
–Lee Gum of Extinction Rebellion KC holding out hope from the new report Warheads to Windmills; and
–Diana Suckiel singing “I Come and Stand at Every Door,” based on Nazim Hikmet’s poem about a 7-year-old killed by the Hiroshima bomb on Aug. 6, 1945. Diana is accompanied by guitarist Bob Suckiel.
–Henry Stoever and Kosuke Mori-Kreiner, sounding the gongs.
–Inoru Wade talking about their experiences.