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August Events Remember Hiroshima, Nagasaki: Never Again!

Sunday, August 5, 5:00pm

Expanded Sunday Vigil

Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex •  Oak Ridge, TN

Join us for an expanded and enhanced Sunday vigil, beginning at 5:00pm, with music by the Emancipators and others, as we begin our remembrance of Hiroshima Day and stand against the Uranium Processing Facility bomb plant. Bring a folding chair or blanket, “finger food” to share at a potluck at 6:30.All OREPA events are nonviolent in tone as well as action. No drugs or alcohol.


Sunday, August 5, 7:30pm


Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex • Oak Ridge, TN

At the conclusion of the Sunday vigil, some people will remain to Occupy Y12 overnight until the Names and Remembrance Ceremony begins at 6:00am. You are welcome to join the Occupation. It is unlikely that tents will be permitted, but pop-ups will be present, along with a port-a-john. All OREPA events are nonviolent in tone as well as action. No drugs or alcohol.


Monday, August 6, 6:00 – 9:00am

Names and Remembrance Ceremony

Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex • Oak Ridge, TN

A solemn ceremony remembering those who perished in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, at the gates of the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, TN. Y12 enriched the uranium that fueled the Little Boy bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.

The Names and Remembrance ceremony begins at 6:00am and continues until 900am. Everyone is welcome to come for all or part of the ceremony and to join in reading names or tying peace cranes on the fence.

Names of Hiroshima victims will be read, accompanied by a tolling bell and the tying of a peace crane on the fence surrounding the bomb plant. First hand, eyewitness and contemporaneous accounts of the destruction are also read, along with poetry and recollections of survivors. A moment of silence at 8:15 marks the moment of the bomb and will be followed by Buddhist drumming and chanting.

Everyone welcome :: Nonviolent in tone as well as action :: No drugs or alcohol


Wednesday, August 8, 6:30 – 9:00pm

Peace Lantern Building party

4627 Martin Mill Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920

Everyone is invite to join in creating the Peace Lanterns for the August 9 ceremony. We gather the evening before at the home of Lissa McLeod (865 609 2012), 4627 Martin Mill Pike in south Knoxville at 6:30 pm. Materials are provided. Bring a creative spirit and a relaxed attitude and enjoy making your own peace lantern, and maybe one or two or half a dozen for others!

Thursday, August 9, 8:00pm – until”¦

Peace Lantern Ceremony

Sequoyah Hills Park (West end), Knoxville, TN

The Peace Lantern Ceremony combines a remembrance of the bombing of Nagasaki, Japan (on August 9, 1945) with elements of a Japanese Obon ceremony. Traditional Japanese dancing, Buddhist drumming and chanting, a dramatic shadow puppet show, music and more. And at dusk, we launch peace lanterns into the river.

Follow Cherokee Blvd to the far west end of the park, and park in the parking lot Just before Cherokee Boulevard ends. We gathering in the field next to the parking lot.



OREPA Newsletter


Reflections for Nonviolent Community


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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