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Iceland remembers the nuclear attacks of 1945

In memory of the atomic bomb victims of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Icelandic pacifists will float candles on Reykjavik’s city center pond and Akureyri’s Minjasafn pond this evening at 22:30. Today, it is exactly 62 years since the bombings on Nagasaki.

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The first candle floating memorial service was held in August 1985 after Japanese atomic bomb survivors sent candles to Iceland requesting support against the use of nuclear weapons.

At the same time as the pacifists remember those who died in the atomic bombings, they emphasize that their message, “Never again Hiroshima! Never again Nagasaki,” must sound and echo throughout the world.

They advocate that war should never be an option, and that air raids and military power do not ensure peace. Instead of solving the world’s problems with violence, the pacifist movement emphasizes the importance of cooperative communication to achieve a peaceful and nuclear-free world.

Candles will be available for purchase on location.

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