Scottish vigil on Hiroshima Day

The Hiroshima vigil at St. Anne’s Church, Dunbar, with an Italian Peace flag

The Hiroshima vigil at St. Anne’s Church, Dunbar, with an Italian Peace flag

It is 72 years ago that the first atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The vigil service held at the Peace Pole in the grounds of St. Anne’s Episcopal/Methodist Church, Dunbar, commemorated those who died and witnessed to the continuing need for peace, disarmament and reconciliation.

The vigil on August 6th was supported by members of other churches in Dunbar. The Rev. Diana Hall, the new Rector of St. Anne’s, welcomed those who came.

The words of Pope Francis were read, calling on humanity to reject war for ever and to ban nuclear weapons. The peace flag on the photograph has the Italian for Peace (Pace).

Thanks were given for the recent United Nations Treaty approved by 122 countries outlawing nuclear weapons and prayers said that our nation would sign up to the Treaty.

The vigil ended with prayers for peace between countries, with North Korea and the USA being named, for peace between people and for inner peace.