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ARCATA, Calif. — The time again has come to remember the use of atomic power on Japanese civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Each year at this time, newspapers, books and a variety of media services spend time remembering the events of Aug. 6 and 9, 1945. But why do we remember these things?

Is it morbid fascination with grotesque violence? I certainly hope not. My own experience with the people of Hiroshima and with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum teaches me that there is a specific and noble purpose for remembering what happened.

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