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Corvallis resident Neda Kazerouni, right, and her friend Layli Mesbah, center, look to the Willamette River from the Van Buren Bridge during the candle-lighting portion of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Remembrance Ceremony in 2016. The 2018 edition of the event is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6. 

The annual Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, in Riverfront Commemorative Park, First Street and Madison Avenue in Corvallis.

The free event, meant to mark the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II, is sponsored by the Corvallis Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

The program will feature music from local musicians Anne Ridlington and Rita Brown. The keynote speaker will be Jacob Darwin Hamblin, an Oregon State University professor of history who work is devoted to the history of science, technology and the natural world.

In past years, Mayor Biff Traber has read the Hiroshima Mayor's Peace Declaration from 1947. On that Monday, however, the City Council is meeting; if Traber cannot attend, Leah Bolger will read his remarks.

OSU professor Linda Richards will offer an update on the status of the nuclear weapons ban treaty.

The event also will include a lantern-bearing "peace flotilla" in canoes and kayaks. As the flotilla moves north, event participants at Riverfront Park will take part in the traditional candlelight walk and ceremony on the Van Buren Bridge. 

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