Peace activists gathered outside Y-12 in Oak Ridge on Monday morning to commemorate the atomic bombing of Hiroshima that happened 67 years ago today.
This is an annual peace vigil at Y-12.
Starting at 6:00 am in the morning, more than a dozen East Tennesseans read the names of those who died in Hiroshima when the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb at the end of World War II.
The enriched uranium for that bomb was made at Y-12.
Members of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance say honoring the anniversary of Hiroshima is about the past and the future.
"Try to make sure we construct a world so that a Hiroshima or Nagasaki can never happen again and the only way to achieve that goal is to stop building nuclear weapons and to abolish all nuclear bombs not just here but around the globe," said one of the activists.
The readers weren't alone as they read the names.
Due to a security breach at Y-12 last week when three protestors broke into the complex, Y-12 had more than ten security guards watching from a distance.