On this day in 1945 the first atomic bomb used in warfare was dropped on Hiroshima and several days later another one devastated Nagasaki. One of the great miracles of the intervening decades has been that it has never happened again, although we have teetered on the brink many times. The Cuban Missile Crisis was only one of the many times that civilization as we know it was on the verge of being extinguished.
The best memorial to the events of 1945 would be to get rid of all nuclear weapons. They do not increase our security; they imperil it. The only way to ensure it never happens again is to radically reduce the number of nuclear weapons, with the goal of eventually eliminating them entirely. Otherwise, it's only a matter of time until fallible human beings stumble into a nuclear war the same way they stumbled into the devastation of World War I.
Tonight is the annual Lanterns for Peace observance at the Tenney Park lagoon commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki, remembering those who died, and reflecting on visions of a more peaceful world. A beautiful, haunting observance. Don't miss it.