Nagasaki Day lantern ceremony in West Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's been 69 years since the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagaski, Japan.

A peace lantern ceremony was held Saturday evening in Sequoyah Hills Park.

There was music, Japanese shadow puppets that told the story, and traditional dancing.

Several lanterns were released into the Tennessee River at dusk.

This was just one of several events around the country.

"One of the reasons we feel it is really important here in Knoxville is because we are in the neighborhood of Oak Ridge, which enriched the uranium for the bombing that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan," says Ralph Hutchinson with the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance.

Hiroshima was bombed on August 6, 1945. A few days after the bombing of Nagaski, Japan announced its surrender to the Allies.

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