OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WATE) — August 6, 1945, the United States bombed the Japanese city of Hiroshima, and then bombed Nagasaki a few days later; which lead to Japan surrendering, ending World War II.
Friday, a ceremony at the Y-12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge commemorated the nuclear bombings. The Y-12 facility played a key role in developing the bombs dropped on Japan. 76 years after the bombers, some survivors are still living.
One such survivor, who was 11 at the time of the bombings said, “We must assert, with far more urgency, that nuclear weapons cannot coexist with humankind. Weapons of this capacity must be abolished from the Earth.”