Global Online Commemoration of 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima

75th Anniversary Hiroshima Day
One-Hour Online Commemoration
Calling for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons 

AUGUST 6, 2020, 8 P.M. EST/ 5 P.M. PST

Hosted by the New Mexico 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima/Nagasaki Committee and Pace e Bene
For the last three and a half years, the New Mexico 75th anniversary Committee, with Pace e Bene, has been planning national in person vigils with great national and local speakers for August 6 and 9, 2020 at Los Alamos, New Mexico. Because of COVID-19, we have moved everything to a one-hour online event to commemorate Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


The online commemoration will begin 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PST, on Thursday evening, August 6, 2020. It will be hosted by Rev. John Dear, who has helped lead annual Hiroshima day peace vigils for the last nearly twenty years at Los Alamos.


We will begin with an opening blessing from Evelyn Naranjo, of Pueblo de San Ildefonso. Then we will hear from Jay Coghlan of on the history of the Los Alamos labs, where the bomb was designed and fabricated, and how it continues to play the leading role in the creation of most U.S. nuclear weapons since then. Then we will hear a reflection of commemoration, remembrance and recommitment by Roshi Joan Halifax, longtime peacemaker and founder of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe.

The keynoter speaker will be Dr. Ira Helfand, one of the leaders of ICANW, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, who will explain why we need to work harder then ever to build a global grassroots movement to abolish nuclear weapons. Then Archbishop John Wester, of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM, will speak about nuclear weapons and offer a blessing. John will close the call at the end of the hour.

This is event is organized by Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and part of the online Campaign Nonviolence National Conference August 6-8, 2020. Be sure to join our August 7 & 8 events as well. Learn more and register here!


To register your local, regional or national anti-nuclear group as a co-sponsor of the event, fill out this form. Please send this out far and wide to groups all over the country to invite them to be a co-sponsor for the August 6th online commemoration.


For further information, contact Pace e Bene at

The commemoration is free. We will provide access information on our website here as the date approaches. Register here if you’d like us to email you when the event link is



Joan Halifax is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is the Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
A member of the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapon, ICAN, the recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He is also co-Founder and Past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, IPPNW’s US affiliate.
The twelfth Roman Catholic Archbishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico
John Dear is a priest, activist, and author of 35 books including The Nonviolent Life, The Beatitudes of Peace, They Will Inherit the Earth, and Radical Prayers. He is on the staff of Pace e Bene. He lives in Big Sur, California.
Executive Director of Nuclear Watch New Mexico. He has worked on Department of Energy nuclear weapons and environmental issues for 31 years. Early on, he helped initiate campaigns that stopped radioactive incineration and an advanced plutonium facility at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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