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Peace groups commemorate atomic bombings of Hiroshima, Nagasaki

Portland Physicians for Social Responsibility and other peace and community groups will commemorate the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Tuesday at Waterfront Park.

The event, billed as “Hiroshima, Nagasaki & Hanford: A Tragic Connection,” takes place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Japanese American Historical Plaza, opposite Northwest Couch Street at the park. The plutonium used in the bombs that leveled much of the two Japanese cities was created at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Wash.

Speakers and performers include: Portland Taiko, the Japanese drumming group; Satori Men’s Chorus;Rev. Myosho Obata of the Nichiren Temple; Kayala Godowa-Tufti of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs; Twyla Malchow-Hay, winner of the Oregon Portland Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship; and Chuck Johnson, Joint Nuclear Power Task Force director.

The program will end in a ceremonial walk to the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, at 121 N.W. Second Ave., to view art exhibitions that explore the bombings.