Seventy two years ago this week, the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki experienced the horror of nuclear bombs dropped on their churches, on their schools, on their cafes, on their streets, on their homes and their families. Today the last survivors of those bombs, known as the Hibakusha, continue to appeal to the world to rid itself of these terrible weapons of mass destruction and mass suffering.
Veterans For Peace now takes up the call of the Hibakusha. We who have trained for war and experienced war know its meaningless violence, its futility, its lies and false promises. We want to abolish all war, to end the violence of military intervention, and the threats of nuclear destruction.
The Golden Rule antinuclear sailboat, which in 1958 attempted to stop atmospheric nuclear testing, is now a national project of Veterans For Peace. We are sailing for a nuclear-free world and a peaceful, sustainable future. We are sailing to support the historic United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Together with the courageous Hibakusha survivors, we call on the world to rid itself of nuclear weapons and to renounce war once and for all.