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    Nuclear Remembrance Day to be Commemorated in Arkansas


    In the early years of the Cold War the United States took possession of a Pacific trust territory under the control of the United Nations. In what the U.S. government termed the Pacific Proving Grounds, the U.S. military conducted 67 nuclear tests from 1946–1958. The Castle Bravo detonation, conducted at Bikini Atoll, was 1,000 times the force of the Hiroshima bomb. This explosion, among others, sent irradiated coral dust throughout the atolls. Neighboring atoll populations, who were neither informed of the tests nor relocated prior to the detonation, continue to experience health issues, cultural upheaval, and physical dislocation due to environmental degradation. In fact, the impact of nuclear testing shapes the lives of all Marshallese people, many of whom now reside in northwest Arkansas.


    To commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the devastating Castle Bravo nuclear detonation in what is now the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Marshallese Educational Initiative is hosting “Nuclear Remembrance Day 2014: Reflect. Honor. Educate.” on Feb. 28, 2014 at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.


    As nuclear issues continue to occupy media attention, this timely event will create the space to reflect on our shared nuclear legacy, honor survivors and victims, and educate the public about the global consequences of the use of nuclear weaponry.

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