News

Solemn observance at Mir Centre for Peace

With Leonard Voykin (Emcee and Chair of the Kootenay Region United Nations Association-KRUNA) seated at left, Speaker Walter Swetlikoff delivers a prepared address in commemoration of the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. - Jim Sinclair
With Leonard Voykin (Emcee and Chair of the Kootenay Region United Nations Association-KRUNA) seated at left, Speaker Walter Swetlikoff delivers a prepared address in commemoration of the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.
— image credit: Jim Sinclair

Brought together to pay tribute to lives lost in the 1945 nuclear blast over Hiroshima, Japan, approximately 100 people converged on the grounds of the Mir Centre for Peace on August 6, the 69th anniversary of the incident that shortly preceded the end of the Second World War.

"From infants to the elderly," read speaker Walter Swetlikoff from a prepared text, "tens of thousands of innocent civilians lost their lives in a single day. By the end of the year, 140,000 had died. To avoid forgetting that sacred sacrifice, and to prevent the repetition of that tragedy, please listen to the voices of the survivors."

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

ELECTION 2014: The Education Equation or why you should pay attention to school trustee elections
 
Across Canada runner raising awareness for diabetes
 
Penticton neighbourhood up in signs
Ride-sharing company spooks taxi firms
 
Doctors prescribe additional hospital beds
 
Herman goes to Africa
Isabella Dicken kids in Fernie get to grips with science
 
Coats are provided
 
Protestors call for end to police brutality