Ringing Bells of Peace event commemorating 75th anniversary of Hiroshima, Nagasaki bombings
RAPID CITY, S.D. — An observance of the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is being held this week in Rapid City.
The “Rapid City-Nikko City Sister City Association” and “Sister Cities International” is hosting the observance at City Hall.
On Wednesday, August 5, people are invited to bring their own bells to the outdoor concourse in front of City Hall, and start ringing them at 5:15 p.m., marking the exact time the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
“I think it’s important to mark an event that is sad but also ended up with a great friendship between Japan and the U.S.,” said Margo Kaleda, of the Rapid City-Nikko City Sister City Association.
Another bell-ringing ceremony in front of City Hall will occur on Friday, August 7 at 8:02 p.m., commemorating the bombing of Nagasaki, directly leading to the surrender of Japan and the official end of World War II; ushering in 75 years of peace between the U.S. and Japan.