Norwich to commemorate Nagasaki atomic bomb anniversary

Norwich - A ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan in 1945 will be held at 10:45 a.m. Saturday Aug. 9 outside Norwich City Hall at the Freedom Bell tower.

The public is invited to the remembrance event being coordinated by Friends of the Norwich Bells. The gathering in the David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard will conclude with the ringing of the Norwich Freedom Bell at 11:02 a.m., exactly 69 years after event.

“It is important that we pause to remember so that future generations will never forget what happened to the world that day,” said Kevin Harkins, president of Friends of the Norwich Bells.

The solemn ceremony will include special readings, words by Norwich Mayor Deb Hinchey and a moment of prayer lead by Rev. Hugh James of Christ Episcopal Church.

The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945 were the only nuclear weapons ever used in warfare and were a precursor to the end of World War II.

The Norwich Freedom Bell was cast in 2012 for the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Friends of the Norwich Bells is dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of bell ringing throughout the city of Norwich. For more information call (860) 319-5717 or visit www.friendsofthenorwichbells.com.

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