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LOCAL News :: Peace & War

Hiroshima Day at the Enola Gay: Protestors Demand Honest Exhibit

Protestors at the Smithsonian knelt in front of the Enola Gay (the plane that dropped the Hiroshima bomb) demanding that the exhibit speak to the horrors of nuclear warfare.

About 20 members of a Smithsonian tour stood listening to a guide describing the technological abilities of the B-29 in front of them. Kneeling below the plane were another 20 people--gathered to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. This shiny B-29, named the Enola Gay after the pilot's mother, dropped the first war-time nuclear bomb on the icty of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killing 140,000 people.

The protestors, from DC, Northern and Central Virginia, came to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum outside Dulles Airport to remember the vicitms of Hiroshima, and of all wars, and to ask the museum, as they have every year since the Enola Gay has been on display, to include in the exhibit information about the destruction wrought by the nuclear bomb.

"What's shown here is the technological magnificance, not the historical signifigance," said Brian Buckley of Little Flower Catholic Worker, Louisa, VA. (Buckley served two months in jail last year after pouring ashes at the exhibit on August 6, 2004.)....
About 20 members of a Smithsonian tour stood listening to a guide describing the technological abilities of the B-29 in front of them. Kneeling below the plane were another 20 people--gathered to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. This shiny B-29, named the Enola Gay after the pilot's mother, dropped the first war-time nuclear bomb on the icty of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killing 140,000 people.

The protestors, from DC, Northern and Central Virginia, came to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum outside Dulles Airport to remember the vicitms of Hiroshima, and of all wars, and to ask the museum, as they have every year since the Enola Gay has been on display, to include in the exhibit information about the destruction wrought by the nuclear bomb.

"What's shown here is the technological magnificance, not the historical signifigance," said Brian Buckley of Little Flower Catholic Worker, Louisa, VA. (Buckley served two months in jail last year after pouring ashes at the exhibit on August 6, 2004.)

When they arrived at the museum, protestors first spent a half hour out front with banners, peace cranes and photos of bomb victims. Later they knelt before the bomber in silent witness to the untold story of the dead. Indeed, the hundreds of museum-goers, including those on the guided tour, would otherwise have seen nothing of the effect of the bomb. Even the tour guide, who spent at least 10 minutes in front of the plane, studiously ignoring the silent vigilers, said only one sentence about the bomb's victims.

Those gathered acted in solidarity with people gathered at nucler weapons research, production and testing sites all over the world.
 
 


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