Flags and cranes mark 70th anniversary of atomic bombings

Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 members — an impressive number given that some were away in San Diego attending the national VFP convention — once again turned out for the annual commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki held at the Japanese Historical Plaza on the Portland waterfront on the evening of Thursday, August 6, 2015. The theme of this year’s event, spearheaded by Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility and cosponsored by many others  including VFP Chapter 72: “70 Years After Hiroshima and Nagasaki: The Ever-Present Nuclear Threat.”

The Oregonian published an article describing origami artist Cathy Terry’s contribution of 1,000 large-sized paper cranes to the commemoration. Luckily, VFP72 member Rico Vicino was there and captured photos of the birds hanging from the Steel Bridge, plus chapter members marching across the bridge with VFP flags flying, as is our annual tradition.

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