OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Monday marks the 67th anniversary of the atomic bomb landing on Hiroshima, Japan.
The bomb killed thousands, and it was a defining moment of the beginning of the end of World War II.
Protesters gathered Sunday night to remember the victims of the bombing and pray it never happens again.
They stand in the lawn at the Y-12 complex gate every Sunday for a vigil.
"It's just to have a consistent presence of peace on an on-going basis," said Ralph Hutchinson.
But tonight was different. At 7:15 pm in Oak Ridge, the bell rang as a symbolic remembrance of the exact moment the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
"Because that anniversary marks the destruction in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But the destruction built here could be the destruction of the world," said Judy Markle, a protester.
They are here to remember the thousands dead, and the ones still alive that witnessed and lived the aftermath. The people gathered never want this to happen again.
"I want people to know that non-violence is not just something in a book up on the shelf, but that people can live non-violently," said Markle