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Hiroshima Memorial in Glasgow

August 7, 2012



Faslane Peace Camp and Helensburgh CND held their Hiroshima Day Memorial service this year on the banks of the river Clyde in Glasgow city centre.

Despite the weather and quite unnecessary and pedantic bureaucratic obstacles, a colourful stall was erected in St. Enoch’s for the day inviting passers by and old and new friends to come and remember Hiroshima and make traditional Japanese lanterns. Lots of people came throughout the day and contributed whatever time and input they could. It was especially lovely to see lots of children come and make lanterns, a new generation of peace people.

The symbolic importance of making and floating these lanterns on the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki is one that is continued by thousands, every year, all over the world. Too often do we forget the horror that befalls innocent civilians during war. They become mere numbers, statistics mentioned in passing or reported and seldom grasped or understood. The destructive capacity of the atomic bomb is one that is too great to understand and too awful to ignore.

The continuing upgrade, maintenance and replacement of the British nuclear weapons system, just thirty miles from Glasgow city centre, is testament to our collective capacity to forget and of our neglect to learn lessons from the past.

After reading some poignant poems of Hiroshima and having some words from those present, we gathered on the banks of the river Clyde at dusk and released our lanterns to remember and honour the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, lest we forget these atrocities that murdered hundreds of thousands of innocent people.

As the crowd dispersed, the lanterns floated down the river Clyde toward Faslane and Coulport, reminding us that a horror inconceivably more devastating than that of Hiroshima lies in waiting on the Gareloch, patrols our seas, is regularly driven in convoy through our neighbourhoods, and is used daily in a global battle for monopoly over wealth, resources and power.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki, NEVER AGAIN. Nuclear disarmament. If not now, WHEN?


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