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Despite changes, annual Hiroshima remembrance ceremony continues
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.
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00:00 69 years ago today the world changed when the US
00:03 dropped the atomic bomb. On Hiroshima Japan that move helped end
00:09 the war World War II were talking about thousands of people
00:12 died. And the concrete the controversy as well as the ethics
00:17 over that decision still stirred debate. WP IR -- news reporter
00:21 Steve -- He Terry takes us to a year early memorial
00:24 for the victims that hasn't stopped despite changes at Y twelve
00:28 the plant in Oak Ridge. That helped develop that nuke. She
00:33 you know. Column won't go. -- -- do this if you.
00:39 With -- name. Each ring the bell in commemorating this event
00:44 a symbolic measure. In hopes that something like this will not
00:48 ever happen again. They called instinct outside the -- twelve complex
00:52 in the town known for the Manhattan Project and later the
00:55 Genesis of the nuclear bomb because we think it's important. That
00:59 therapy alternatives. To. Mass. Annihilation. And tomorrow. This gathering is an
01:09 annual tradition but there's Vincent recent roadblocks. Last year offense was
01:14 placed in front of the facility moving this gathering across the
01:17 street. And before that three protesters broke into -- twelfth and
01:22 into primary supply and bomb grade uranium. The Oak Ridge environmental
01:25 peace alliance organizes this annual event these protesters are not part
01:30 of that group but regardless he supports the caucus. -- there
01:33 was a lot of back conversation back and forth with the
01:36 police and this year I think things went off pretty smoothly
01:38 policing paper -- for each name read out loud. Small gesture
01:43 of remembrance our voices in solidarity with the people of Japan
01:46 who say never again. Because they experienced a bomb. And the
01:51 whole point of remembering that past is not here. Not to
01:55 repeated in the future even if just one of us who
01:58 manages to come out very well in hopes they're symbolic measure
02:03 spreads. -- -- Let me go one -- at a time
02:08 you know -- Stevie terror techniques. -- gathering was peaceful no
02:13 issues with police source security reported today.
(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."
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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.
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