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Please note: Many events have been cancelled, postponed or moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check with local organizers to confirm events and follow local safety guidelines if attending events in person.

Hiroshima Commemorations (Peace Action New York State) @ Albany, NY and Staten Island, NY
Aug 4 – Aug 7 all-day

Reading of John Hersey’s Hiroshima
Townsend Park, Albany, NY (Henry Johnson Blvd and Central Ave)
Friday, August 6, 2021 at 11:00AM ET
A reading of John Hersey’s Hiroshima will take place on Friday, August 6, 2021 in Townsend Park (Henry Johnson Blvd and Central Avenue), in Albany, NY, starting at 11:00 AM. The event is free and open to the public, and those interested in reading can sign up when they arrive. Please bring chairs. Sponsoring organizations include the Tom Paine Chapter of Veterans for Peace, the Poetry Motel Foundation, and Upper Hudson Peace Action. This public reading, commemorating the atomic bombing of Japan, was started by the late Tom Nattell, an Albany poet and environmental activist, and has occurred every year since the late 1980s. For further information, contact Dan Wilcox: or 518-482-0262.

Hiroshima VIRTUAL Commemoration
Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 7:30PM-8:30PM ET
United Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, Manhasset, NY. Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, Willow, and Shelter Rock Unitarian Social Justice Committee invite you to a Hiroshima Commemoration with poetry, music, prayer, and presentations. On the program are music from Karl Jenkins, presentations by Ray Acheson from WILPF and Emily Rubino, Exeutive Director of Peace Action New York State, a reading from Margaret Engels, and music from Willow. Register

The Mighty String Demons Commemorate Hiroshima/Nagasaki
S Staten Island Children’s Museums grounds. 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY
Saturday, August 7 at 11AM-12:30PM (ET)
The Mighty String Demons will use beautiful music, the story of Sadako, and origami paper cranes to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the cause of peace and abolishing nuclear weapons forever. This program is a collaborative project of Peace Action of Staten Island, the Unitarian Church of Staten Island, and the Mighty String Demons.

Sponsor: Peace Action New York State

Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration (GVCP) @ Avon Traffic Circle in Avon, NY
Aug 5 @ 7:30 pm

Sponsor: Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace (GVCP)

Prayer Walk for Repentance and Transformation: 76th Anniversary of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (Pax Christi Metro NY) @ Battery Park, Manhattan, NY
Aug 7 @ 1:00 pm

Pax Christi Metro New York

invites you to join in a

Prayer Walk for Repentance and Transformation

on the occasion of the

76th Anniversary of the
Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

                August 7th, 2021
Gather at Battery Park bet. 12:30 and 1 PM

The Walk will begin at 1 PM at the Flagpole, The Netherland Monument, NW entrance, (near the intersection of State St. and Battery Place) and we will stop for prayer and silent reflection at

The East Coast Memorial
The Immigrants Statue
The Korean War Memorial
Urban Farm

Because of the prayerful nature of this Walk, we ask participants not to bring any signs of banners.

Subways to Battery Park: 4, 5 to Bowling Green;
N, R, W to Whitehall St; 1 to South Ferry
Buses: M15, M20, M55

Sponsored by Pax Christi Metro New York, 212-420-0250,, or

Due to COVID restrictions, the Parks Department requires all to wear a mask.