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


Sunday Vigil at Y-12 in Oak Ridge Tennessee

Sunday Vigil

The OREPA Board has now decided that we are prepared to do a limited re-opening of the Sunday vigil to allow for slightly more participation.  We are asking anyone who wants to attend a Sunday vigil to sign up in advance—by the Thursday before. There are two ways to sign up. You can email Ralph at or you can call him at 865 776 5050. If the five slots are already taken, we’ll ask you to wait until next week. All vigilers are expected to wear masks. Bring your own chair. Avoid physical contact and maintain an appropriate social distance in the circle of chairs. Of course, if for any reason you feel you may have been exposed to the virus or to someone with the virus, you should not attend the vigil. At this point, we are not resuming our monthly potlucks.

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