EUGENE, Ore. — Luminaries lit up Alton Baker Park as people remembered an attack that killed more than 200,000 people. It was 67 years ago the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The event was meant to honor those victims while taking action to ensure nuclear weapons are never the focal point of an attack.
The lantern ceremony was based on an ancient Japanese ritual where paper lanterns are released on rivers to honor the dead and guide their spirits home.
“While they’re floating the candles, it sends such a poignant, powerful message of peace. We’re all making a commitment that we are going to do all we can to make sure we achieve peace on this earth,” said Michael Carrigan, a member of the Community Alliance of Lane County
The event was free but people could donate to the recovery fund for last year’s nuclear disaster.