SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 77th Anniversary Remembrance ceremony of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings took place Saturday morning in Springfield.

The community came together in Court Square to commemorate the lives that were hit by US atomic bombs in these two cities. According to icanw.org, by the end of 1945, about 140,000 people in Hiroshima were killed and about 74,000 lives in Nagasaki were also lost.

Now, the list of victims from the atomic bombing has reached just about 400,000 entries including victims who were added in the past year.

The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki took place on August 6th and August 9th in 1945 during World War 2, the U.S. becoming the only country to ever use nuclear weapons in wartime.

Local community leaders, reflected on this dark time in history as well as the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Bishop William Byrne, Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts said, “One thing that is more powerful than all the nuclear bombs in the world is love and God is love. As long as we continue to build love, share love, give love than we are fighting with the strongest weapons of all.”

Bishop Byrne did a Catholic Teaching on Nuclear Disarmament at the ceremony.

The ceremony also included a dramatic reading of “Original Child Bomb” by Thomas Merton as well as prayers for peace.