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Remembering Hiroshima

Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Hiroshima, Japan, this week summoned memories for me as it likely did for anyone who has traveled there. In an article in the Washington Post, Kerry said he thought the President should visit. What he now knows is that words and pictures are no substitute for the power of standing in that place, confronting face-to-face the record preserved in concrete and rebar, artifacts and shadows.

The reports of Kerry’s visit called to mind OREPA’s newsletter from July 2007, published shortly after my daughter Sarah Margaret and I returned from the trip that Utsumi and Denise took us on, along with several others. The link below will take you to  the first two pages of that newsletter. Were I to write the article today, I don’t think a word would change.


~ Ralph Hutchison, OREPA coordinator


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Sunday Vigil at Y-12 in Oak Ridge Tennessee

Sunday Vigil

OREPA has held Sunday vigils every week for more than 22 years at the main entrance to the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex (intersection of Scarboro Rd and East Bear Creek Road). We will now be holding the vigil at 4:00PM ET during the winter months so we don’t have to be sitting out in the dark. We are outdoors and space our chairs; when covid numbers are up, we encourage people to wear masks. Bring your own chair, we have some umbrellas for sun shade or rain.

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