Never Again! Remembering Hiroshima

Seventy-five years after the United States destroyed Hiroshima, Japan, killing 70,000 people in an instant and that many more in the months to follow, OREPA members gathered at the gates of the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex to echo the call of the survivors of Hiroshima and to call for an end to nuclear weapons production at Y-12 and around the world.

“Y-12 enriched the uranium for the Little Boy bomb,” OREPA coordinator Ralph Hutchison said, “so we felt it was important to bear witness, to be in this place on this day. We took precautions throughout the three hour Names and Remembrance ceremony; we paused at 8:15 to mark the dropping of the bomb, and we resumed with chanting and drumming by Utsumi and Denise, our Nipponzan Myohoji friends.”

OREPA’s President, Kevin Collins, also had an article in the Knoxville News-Sentinel addressing the commemoration. You can read it here.


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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