Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb drop on Hiroshima with a public vigil on Wednesday at the Chain Reaction nuclear disarmament sculpture in Santa Monica.

An American plane dropped the first bomb over Hiroshima at
8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6, 1945 (Japanese local time). The Aug. 5 vigil at Chain Reaction begins at 4 p.m. and will include a moment of silence at
4:15 p.m., when it will be 8:15 a.m.
in Japan.

A representative of the Koyasan Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles will carry the Hiroshima Peace Flame, which former L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley brought to L.A. from Japan in 1989.

“It is imperative that we remember the destruction and lives lost 70 years ago due to the atomic bombings. Most were women, children, and the elderly. Nuclear weapons must never be used again,” said Jimmy Hara, a West Los Angeles physician on the local Physicians for Social Responsibility board.

Although the global nuclear arsenal has decreased dramatically since the Cold War, the threat of a nuclear explosion remains real due to weapons modernization programs, stalled arms-reduction efforts and international tensions. This year the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the hand on its allegorical “Doomsday Clock” further ahead to three minutes before midnight.

For more information, call (213) 689-9170.

— Joe Piasecki