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Throwback Thursday: 73rd Anniversary of the Nagasaki bomb dropping

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RICHLAND, WA - For this week's Throwback Thursday; decades ago, Hanford workers helped produce plutonium for one of the atomic bombs that on this day 73 years ago was dropped on Nagasaki.

This Thursday night, members of the World Citizens for Peace and Community are expected to join together in the remembrance of American lives lost at Pearl Harbor and Japanese lives lost in Nagasaki.

Howard Amon Park will be full of community members singing, taking a moment of silence, and honoring those who survived the devastating atomic bomb.

The memorial isn't a celebration, but a time to remember an event that touched our local history forever.

The Nagasaki atomic bomb killed 70,000 people 73 years ago... three days before the U.S. launched another bomb on Hiroshima, killing another 140,000 people.

Workers at Hanford created plutonium, which was used inside the bomb... and most had no idea what they were working on. Once the workers found out, there were some mixed feelings.

It was a key element in ending World War II, but killed thousands in the process.

That's why today, across the world, thousands are gathering to remember those lives lost and those who survived... hoping that today, and tomorrow, and each year going forward will serve as a time of reconciliation.

The memorial at Howard Amon Park starts at 8:30 p.m. and will include a ringing of the Bell of Peace. The program should last about an hour.

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