Report by Ms. Bruna Rondoni, the City of Cervia, Italy
On the occasion of the 78th year since the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945), the City of Cervia undertook commemorative initiatives to foster awareness of the atomic bombings and the significance of abolishing nuclear weapons.
At 9 pm on both August 6 and 9, in Piazza Garibaldi Square, the City of Cervia organized the event titled “Gift of Peace.” This event distributed copies of the Italian and English translations of the Peace Declarations by Mayor Matsui of Hiroshima and Mayor Suzuki of Nagasaki to its participants. The participants also received materials from the “Italy, think again” campaign, promoted by the Italian Peace and Disarmament Network and Senzatomica.
The Peace Councillor Michela Brunelli explained about the Peace Declarations, stating, “The two mayors call on like-minded people around the world to pledge to do everything in our power to abolish nuclear weapons and light the way to lasting world peace, and to spread the message of the hibakusha, those who survived the atomic bomb, because ‘no one else should suffer as we did.’”
From August 5 to 19, the City of Cervia also hosted an exhibition titled “Tips of Peace” at Maria Goia Central Town Library of Cervia, showcasing books dedicated to peace and disarmament.
Photos: courtesy of the City of Cervia