posted by: Brandywine Peace Community
begins: Aug 6, 9:00 am
ends: Aug 6, 2:30 pm
location: Lockheed Martin, Mall & Goddard Boulevards, Valley Forge/King of Prussia, PA (behind the King of Prussia Mall)
65TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATOMIC BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA, AUGUST 6, TO BE COMMEMORATED WITH PROTEST DEMONSTRATION & CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AT LOCKHEED MARTIN IN VALLEY FORGE, PA
Area Demonstration part of worldwide peace observances remembering the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagsaki, and the start of the nuclear age.
Friday, August 6, the Brandywine Peace Community will conduct a Hiroshima Day ceremony and protest demonstration beginning at noon at the driveway entrance to Lockheed Martin, Mall & Goddard Boulevards, behind the King of Prussia Mall, in King of Prussia/Valley Forge, PA, that will include:
*the tolling of a large bell 65 times, once for every year of war and nuclear weaponry since the first atomic bombing;
*the audio broadcast of a narrative of start of the nuclear age and the account of the Hiroshima bombing;
*readings from survivors of the atomic bombing;
*a symbolic ceremony of “memory, hope, and peace” involving incense, water, and sunflower seeds;
and nonviolent civil disobedience in which people will face arrest for crossing onto the arms giant’s property in a statement of nonviolent resistance to Lockheed Martin, the world's largest war profiteer and the U.S.'s chief nuclear bomb contractor
Those wishing to participate in the civil disobedience are asked to call the Brandywine Peace Community by July 30
Prior to the noontime ceremony, there will be a four-hour vigil for peace at Lockheed Martin, commencing with a loud siren blast at 8:15 a.m., the time of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, August 6, 1945, in which more than 100,000 were killed in the immediate blast and fire.
Throughout the Hiroshima Day demonstration there will be large pictorials of the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, banners and signs, and a full size coffin with a large sign, with the Lockheed Martin logo, reading: “WE’RE MAKING A KILLING!”
More than 200,000 people were killed in the blast and fire of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Thousands upon thousands have died and continue to die from radiation sickness and radiation induced diseases.
The ongoing focus of the Brandywine Peace Community’s protests throughout the year is Lockheed Martin and regularly includes nonviolent civil disobedience for which Brandywine members and supporters are arrested and jailed. The nationally known faith-based peace activist group and center of regional anti-war and peace activity is now in its fourth decade.
Read the Brandywine Peace Community’s Journey of Death, chronicling the building and use of the first atomic bombs, first published in 1985, http://www.brandywinepeace.com/Journey%20of%20Death/JOD%20cover.html
For more information, visit the Brandywine Peace Community at www.brandywinepeace.com or call (610)544-1818.