PORT TOWNSEND — The Nuclear Ban Team will present films, songs, poetry, speakers and other activities to mark the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to present information on the current state of nuclear weapons worldwide.
“Hiroshima & Nagasaki Remembrance: Understanding the Consequences of Nuclear War and Nuclear Weapons” will be presented from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Friday at the Cotton Building at 607 Water St., in Port Townsend, said Doug Milholland, a member of the Nuclear Ban Team.
The public is encouraged to drop in to the free events.
The first day commemorates the dropping of the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, immediately killing an estimated 80,000 people.
Friday marks the anniversary of another bomb being dropped on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000.
More died of radiation poisoning later.
The U.S. bombings of Japanese cities led to the end of World War II when the Japanese emperor surrendered Aug. 15.
“The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons,” a 59-minute documentary, will be shown both days at 6 p.m.
It tells the story of how the United Nations came to approve a new treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, takes the viewer through a brief history of nuclear bombs and the anti-nuclear activism that has pushed to eliminate them ever since their invention.
The keynote speaker at 7 p.m. Tuesday will be Mary-Wynne Ashford, M.D., an author and activist who has been a leader in the international peace and disarmament movement for several decades.
At 7 p.m. Friday, the keynote speaker will be Elizabeth Murray, who served as deputy national intelligence officer for the near East in the National Intelligence Council.
Other activities, set at the same time both days, are:
• 1 p.m. — Opening statements and a series of short films.
• 2 p.m. — Members of the public are invited to share poetry and prose on the issues of war and peace, patriotism and propaganda.
• 3 p.m. — Video lectures by Nobel Prize winning physicians — Dr. Ira Helfand on Tuesday and Dr. Tilman Ruff on Friday.
• 4 p.m. — Award-winning short films.
• 5 p.m. — The Rev. Simon Ruth de Voil and friends will share songs.
At 8:30 p.m. Friday will be a ceremonial crossing the waters with an illuminated sculpture.