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On August 6, 2005, several thousand Seattle residents gathered on the shores of Green Lake to remember those killed in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on that date in 1945. There were speeches, music and dance. At the end of the evening, as it is getting dark, everyone moved to the edge of the lake to float paper lanterns decorated with messages of peace and hope written in Japanese, Punjabi and, sometimes, English. It was a beautiful sight and a somber reminder of the violence of war.