Women's International League for Peace & Freedom plans its annual vigil for Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Ashland.

The event for Hiroshima is set from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 on the Ashland Plaza. A ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan begins at 8 a.m.

A moment of silence is planned at 8:15 a.m., marking the exact time the bomb was dropped above Hiroshima.

All day, the league's “Nuclear Alley,” a structure to teach about the history of nuclear weapons and their impact, will be open to the public.

On Aug. 9, the date of the bombing of Nagasaki, the vigil will close with a 3 p.m. ceremony at the Japanese Garden in Lithia Park . Activists will float sunflowers, the symbol of the nuclear-free movement, down Lithia Creek.

— Staff reports