(WBIR-Oak Ridge) Wednesday marks 69 years since a major game changer in World War II took place over Hiroshima, Japan.
At the birthplace of the atomic bomb, about 20 people gathered outside the Y-12 complex to remember the thousands killed in that 1945 attack.
"The voices in solidarity with the people in Japan who say 'never again' because they experienced the bomb," said Ralph Hutchison, the organizer of the event from Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance. "The whole point of remembering that past is not to repeat it in the future."
People read the names of those killed in the bombing, one by one, and placed paper cranes to symbolize their memory.
"Because we think it's important that there would be alternatives to mass annihilation in the world," said Betty Coleman who visited the event. "Hopes that something like this doesn't happen again."
There have been some recent changes at the annual gathering. Last year, the event was moved from next to the Y-12 sign to across the street. Before that, three people not associated directly with Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, broke into Y-12. They are currently in prison for trespassing.
"There was a lot of conversation, back and forth with police and things went off pretty smoothly," Hutchison added.
This turned out peaceful, no issues with police and security were reported.