At a lantern-lighting ceremony, Torontonians gathered to commemorate the WWII atomic bombings.
SPOTTED BY: Damara Nickerson
WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square
WHEN: Wednesday, August 6
WHAT: A ceremony commemorating the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which 69 years later remain the only uses of nuclear weapons ever in warfare. The attacks, carried out by the United States Army Air Forces on August 6 and 9, 1945, resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths, expediting Japanese surrender and bringing about the end of the Second World War.
This year’s instalment of the annual Toronto memorial event included live music, a guest speaker, and a lantern-lighting ceremony, all organized by nuclear disarmament advocacy group the Hiroshima Day Coalition. On behalf of city council, Mayor Rob Ford declared August 6, 2014, “Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day” in Toronto; the city has since 1983 been a member of Mayors for Peace, an international organization that “strives to raise international public awareness regarding the need to abolish nuclear weapons.”