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Victims of WWII atomic bombings commemorated at 70th Anniversary memorial

Published: Aug. 9, 2015 at 1:23 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2015 at 2:29 AM EDT
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A traditional Japanese Lantern floating ceremony was held to honor the lives lost in the tragic...
A traditional Japanese Lantern floating ceremony was held to honor the lives lost in the tragic events that brought an end to World War II. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Live music, prayer, and reflection were part of the ceremony. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Live music, prayer, and reflection were part of the ceremony. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Chanting from Tibetan Monks and a traditional lion dance helped bring cultures and faiths...
Chanting from Tibetan Monks and a traditional lion dance helped bring cultures and faiths together for peace. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In August of 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima and exploded a nuclear device in Nagasaki only three days later, which would bring an end to World War II. This year marks the 70th anniversary of those tragic events.

To honor the hundreds of thousands of lives lost, the Interfaith Paths to Peace organization held a traditional Japanese Lantern floating ceremony at Cherokee Park on Saturday.

Lantern floatings are a traditional ceremony in Japan to honor fallen loved ones. Since World War II, the spiritual observance of lantern floatings have been held annually to honor those lost in the war. Lantern floatings in Louisville have been held for more than a dozen years.

The ceremony brought people together to celebrate the culture and heritage of those lost. The Commemoration included prayers and reflection, live music, chanting by Tibetan Monks, and a traditional Asian Lion Dance by the Louisville Lion Dance Team.

The Interfaith Paths to Peace organization says the event hopes to foster peace and understanding of various faiths and cultures.

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