Each August, PeaceWorks KC hosts a remembrance ceremony to mark the anniversaries of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States during World War II. The ceremony is traditionally held at the Loose Park lagoon, weather permitting, and consists of readings and addresses by community members, as well as memorial lanterns and music.

Past Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance Ceremonies:

  • Jay Coghlan in video: ‘Let us … rid this world of nuclear weapons’ - Jay Coghlan, in a video for PeaceWorks-KC in early August, fired away at KC’s nuclear weapon production plant. He challenged, “let us unite in a moral and political effort to rid this world of nuclear weapons and to use the sad occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing to begin just that very… Continue Reading
  • Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance marks 74th anniversary of bombings - Remembering the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, 55 persons shared potluck, listened to speakers, and were moved by the singing of Bob and Diana Suckiel. Atsuki Mori explained that her grandmother’s whole life dramatically changed after the Hiroshima bombing and recalled how much her family and the Japanese people have… Continue Reading
  • Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance mixes memory, music and hope - To mourn and to give hope, PeaceWorks held its Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance Aug. 5 at Loose Park Lagoon in Kansas City, Missouri. This annual event seeks to abolish nuclear weapons worldwide. Continue Reading
  • ‘The future depends on enough love To counter balance any Hiroshima,’ poet says - Saying “the future depends on enough love To counter balance any Hiroshima That promotes mass destruction,” Ron Faust read his poem during the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance. Continue Reading
  • Newsletter: August 2017 - UNplaza Art Fair: Sept. 23-24 // Two documentaries go nuclear, close to home // Hiroshima/Nagasaki commemoration marks 72nd anniversary of bombings // A night of beauty, remembering, yearning for peace // UN treaty advocates nuclear weapons prohibition // Toxic, radioactive waste sites: in KC, St. Louis, Idaho // Sandy Hook mom to speak 10/9 at… Continue Reading
  • A night of beauty, remembering, yearning for peace - Peace before us. Peace behind us. Peace under our feet. Intoning this Navaho Peace Song, Lauren Hall led 70 PeaceWorks members and friends in closing the 2017 Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance. Hall, a member of the PeaceWorks Board, gave us gestures for the song at Loose Park in KC MO. “In the peace and quiet of this… Continue Reading
  • Hopeful News - Describing the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, Mary Hladky explained at the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Remembrance that the treaty prohibits the possession, development, testing, use, and threat of use of nuclear weapons. “The countries supporting this treaty … know that a crisis like the one now growing in North Korea could leap from a… Continue Reading
  • Lament and Sorrow. Hope for Tomorrow! - Speaking at the Aug. 6 PeaceWorks gathering to lament the US attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Jim Hannah, in his keynote, said, “I commend you for your presence tonight. You’ve chosen to face into the horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki rather than look away, as our nation has mostly done for 72 years. … You… Continue Reading
  • Remember Hiroshima, Nagasaki bombings and recommit to nuke-free world NOW - On Aug. 6, the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, a Kansas City, MO, ceremony will mourn the deaths in that city in 1945 and in Nagasaki (Aug. 9, 1945) and call for a nuclear-weapon-free world. Participants will take hope from work on a United Nations treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons. Ban them. Outlaw… Continue Reading