Published Wednesday, 05 August 2020
People in Coventry are being urged to join an international ‘Silent Minute’ to remember those who lost their lives in the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, and all who have died as a result of nuclear weapons.
This Sunday (9 August) marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing that killed thousands of people and devastated the Japanese city.
It came three days after the bombing of Hiroshima.
This week, Coventry has been paying tribute to the people of both cities with a service at the cathedral and an exchange of letters by the Mayor of Hiroshima and the Lord Mayor of Coventry Cllr Ann Lucas.
Now, everyone in the city is asked to add their respects by observing a minute’s silence at 11.02am on Sunday.
The event is organised by the organisation Mayors for Peace, of which Coventry is a member, and will remember all victims of nuclear weapons.
The Silent Minute was first started in 1940 during the Battle of Britain as a way for people to unite in meditation, prayer, or focus and consciously will for peace to prevail.
Lord Mayor, Cllr Ann Lucas, said: “This is a chance for us all to pay our own personal tribute to the many thousands who lost their lives when atomic bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and in the years that followed.
“It is so important that we remember their stories. Seventy-five years later, we still have war and the threat of nuclear weapons. Our city works tirelessly for peace, and the Silent Minute is a way we as individuals can join that work.”
Thursday’s Hiroshima Service at the Cathedral will be held from 4.30pm-5.30pm. To watch, go to the Cathedral's website, scroll down and click on the Facebook Live-streaming link (no Facebook account required).
Catch-up will be available on Coventry Cathedral YouTube.