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Peace bell to ring in Richland on anniversary of bombing

A model of the Bell of Peace, a church bell recovered from the ruins in Nagasaki, was presented as a gift from the mayor of Nagasaki in 1985 to the city of Richland. It is rung on the anniversary of the bombing.
A model of the Bell of Peace, a church bell recovered from the ruins in Nagasaki, was presented as a gift from the mayor of Nagasaki in 1985 to the city of Richland. It is rung on the anniversary of the bombing. Tri-City Herald file

The anniversary of the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, will be marked with a peace memorial ceremony in Richland on the 73rd anniversary of the bombing.

World Citizens for Peace plans a one-hour program of song, speech and prayer at Lee Landing at the Columbia River end of Lee Boulevard in Howard Amon Park.

It will be at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The highlight will be the ringing of Richland’s model of the Bell of Peace, which was recovered from the ruins near ground zero in Nagasaki.

The theme of the ceremony is reconciliation.

The model bell will be rung in memory of the Americans who died after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the Japanese who died when the atomic bomb with plutonium produced at the Hanford nuclear reservation was dropped on Nagasaki.

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