Early morning rain showers let up just in time for members of the Martha’s Vineyard Peace Council to commemorate the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. The annual vigil took place at sunrise yesterday at the Gay Head lighthouse.
Nine people stood in a circle, each sharing their thoughts on peace, faith and remembrance with the sound of waves crashing below. “This being one of the most beautiful spots that I can imagine . . . just seeing so much beauty gives me hope,” said Chris Fried.
The Rev. Alden Besse, who was in college when the bombing occurred, quoted the words that line the park wall across from the United Nations: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
After each person shared thoughts and memories, the group joined together to sing Where Have All the Flowers Gone, Down by the Riverside and This Pretty Planet. The final song was Amazing Grace, followed by the joining of hands and a moment of silence.
As the vigil came to an end, Bruce Nevin left the group with a final thought. “Peace starts with human relationships on a local level,” he said. “Have you made peace today?”
Note: This article has been corrected from the original to reflect the correct anniversary for the bombing of Hiroshima.