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Burlington march commemorates Hiroshima bombing anniversary

Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 6:51 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Thursday marks the 75th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing on Hiroshima back in World War II.

A march was held in downtown Burlington Thursday evening to commemorate those who have been impacted by atomic weapons.

The march also aimed to call attention to nuclear issues being discussed on the federal level in terms of commissioning nuclear weapons, weapons testing, arms control with Russia and nuclear weapons spending. Speakers planned to address the issues on the steps of Burlington City Hall.

Both groups are also asking for local support of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which will further limit the use and development of nuclear weapons. The treaty is now only 10 nations away from being approved and entered into legal force.

"Somehow it goes on the table and back off the table, back on the table and off the table and back off the table. It should be on all the time," said Judith Yarnell of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

The march headed down College Street to the waterfront for the launching of candle boats and singing to honor those who have died due to the use of nuclear weapons.

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