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Hiroshima Day Vigil: Pittsfield

Sat August 6 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am EDT

Hiroshima Day vigil, Pittsfield. Photo: Berkshire Eagle

There will be a Hiroshima Day Vigil that Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the sidewalk around Park Square in Pittsfield, MA. At 8:15 a.m., the time the A-bomb fissioned above Hiroshima, there will be 5 minutes of silence. That bomb alone killed about 140,000 human beings. This will be the 41st consecutive Hiroshima Day Vigil at Park Square.

According to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, there are over13,000 nuclear weapons on Earth today. Nine countries possess nuclear weapons: Russia, the United States, France, England, China, Pakistan, India, North Korea, and Israel. Russia with about 6,255 and the U.S. with about 5,550 have over 90% of them. Five nations, Turkey, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and Netherlands, “host” about 170 more U.S. nuclear weapons.

The U.S. plans to spend $2 trillion more on nuclear weapons over the next 30 years (averaging about $67 billion every year, or over $202 per person per year).

Signs will be provided at the Park Square vigil, or people may bring their own. Pittsfield does not allow signs on sticks. Participants may stay for all or part of the hour. Due to the pandemic, people are asked to stand a safe distance apart from each other.

The sponsor is Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice.


Sat August 6
8:00 am - 9:00 am EDT
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Park Square, Pittsfield
Park Square
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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