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College to Commemorate 75th Anniversary of Atomic Bombings with 12-Hour Vigil

75 Persons to Read from Testimonials from 75 Bombing Sufferers  Wilmington College's observance of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years ago this month will feature 75 persons reading continuously for 12 hours from testimonials of 75 persons who suffered as a result this epic tragedy of war. PICTURED: The Genbaku Dome serves as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. The Hiroshima and Nagasaki Vigil is a 12-hour reflection on the human cost of nuclear war through the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which took place three-quarter century ago on Aug.6 and 9, 1945, respectively. The virtual vigil will held Saturday (Aug. 8), from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., as a livestream from two of Wilmington College's Facebook pages. The testimonials have been curated from the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College, which works for peace by bearing witness to the historical experience of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing survivors and the legacies of nonviolent activists touched by the horrors of nuclear war. Dr. Tanya Maus, director of the PRC and QHC, noted the importance of acknowledging history while building for a more peaceful world. "In light of recent injustices in our country, there is no better time than now to commemorate and learn from the past to create a safer, happier future — not just for our country, but for the world." Among the 75 readers from SW Ohio persons from 10 counties, including: Clark, Clinton, Delaware, Greene, Hamilton, Highland, Miami, Montgomery, Shelby and Warren counties. A third of the readers have a direct affiliation with the College and include students, alumni, faculty and staff. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no audience for the event while readers will read one at a time using safe social distancing and facial coverings. The vigil will be livestreamed via Wilmington College's main Facebook page <> and will be archived on both the PRC's website, <>, and on its Facebook page, <>.