Hiroshima Day commemorates August 6 1945, the day when an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, followed a few days later by another dropped on the city of Nagasaki.
The bombings effectively ended World War II by bringing about the surrender of Japan, but at a terrible price—the two cities were destroyed and casualties, mostly civilians, were estimated at around 200,000, with many more people dying later from injuries and illness.
Hiroshima Day is now a focus for anti-war and anti-nuclear discussions and demonstrations.
Faith Without Borders
There are many interfaith and Unitarian Universalist Hiroshima Day Resources available for congregations that plan to hold a worship service or other event.
From Tapestry of Faith Curricula
- YouTube has numerous videos, like this one, showing how to create an origami peace crane (YouTube)
Unitarian Universalist Perspectives
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Meditation on Hope and Love in a Time of Struggle (WorshipWeb)by Alice Anacheka-NasemannTagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 6th Principle (World Community), Brokenness, Despair, Hope, Justice, Love, Peace, Terrorism
Prayer of the War Atheist (WorshipWeb)by Jessica Purple RodelaTagged as: Nonviolence, Peace