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.
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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)
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Prayer | By Audette Fulbright Fulson | July 8, 2016 | From WorshipWebTagged as: Activism, Brokenness, Despair, Disaster or Crisis, Grief, Hiroshima Day, Justice, Justice Sunday, Solidarity, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Trauma
Meditation | By Alice Anacheka-Nasemann | December 8, 2015 | From WorshipWebTagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 6th Principle (World Community), Brokenness, Despair, Hiroshima Day, Hope, Justice, Justice Sunday, Love, Meditation Practices, Peace, Terrorism
Meditation | By Jessica Purple Rodela | March 2, 2015 | From WorshipWebTagged as: Hiroshima Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, Memorial Day, Nonviolence, Peace, Remembrance Day
Prayer | By William G. Sinkford | January 21, 2015 | From WorshipWebTagged as: America, Direct Experience, Hiroshima Day, Interdependence, Multiculturalism, Peace, Purpose, War