Members of Camp Kinderland in Tolland, Mass at a peace vigil at East End Park on Monday, Aug. 9.
Members of Camp Kinderland in Tolland, Mass at a peace vigil at East End Park on Monday, Aug. 9.
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WINSTED — The Winsted Area Peace Action group, in conjunction with Camp Kinderland in Tolland, Mass., held a vigil to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Monday, Aug 9 at East End Park.
More than 10 members of the group took part in the event along with more than 50 members of the summer camp.
During the final stages of World War II in August 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the two cities in Japan.
Over 200,000 people died as a result of injuries and radiation poisoning in the bombings.
The vigil has been held for years at East End Park organized by both the Peace Action group and the camp.
“We’re here to remember and make sure people are aware of the danger of nuclear war,” group member Jen Perga said. “Of course there is still a danger of a nuclear war. Between us and the Russians, there are thousands of nuclear bombs. A lot of countries have them as well. Any country with a nuclear bomb is a worry. The young students that are going to be out here didn’t grow up in the 1950s with the nuclear desk drills, so they probably don’t think about it very often. So I think it would be great if we get more people involved.”
“The danger of nuclear war is still real,” group member Barbara Braunstein said. “Nuclear missiles can still be used whenever someone decides to push that little red button. We have to stop creating them and we have to destroy them now while we still can. I wouldn’t be out here unless I think something can change.”
“In the morning at Camp Kinderland, these young people created a ceremony in memory of the lives that were lost when the bombs dropped,” Camp staff member Judy Rosenbaum said. “Every year we have had some ceremonial recognition of the bombings because the campers would like to have a world of peace. They think that nuclear weapons are very dangerous. They think bombs should be banned and there should not be wars. They think this vigil is a good way to express these feelings and get the message out to others.”

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