Luminarias with peace messages will be lit this year to remember and acknowledge the atomic bombings of Japan in August 1945, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park said.
A luminaria is a lantern with a candle inside a small paper bag.
The peace messages will be written by the public before events in August, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park said.
If you would like to write a peace message, there will be a writing event at the Oak Ridge Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23. The library is located at 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
Other peace message writing events will be in Hanford, Washington; Los Alamos, New Mexico; and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Oak Ridge, Hanford, and Los Alamos are part of the multi-site Manhattan Project National Historical Park. The park commemorates the people, programs, and facilities that were part of the Manhattan Project, a top-secret program to build the world’s first atomic weapons during World War II, before Germany could. The United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan shortly before the end of the war (on August 6 and 9, 1945), and uranium for the first bomb was enriched in Oak Ridge.
Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and the United States declared war after that bombing.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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