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Radiation victims' vigil at Skinner Plaza

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by Heather Hauswirth

The Pacific Association for Radiation Survivors will hold a candlelight vigil ceremony at Skinner Plaza in Hagatna tomorrow.  On November 1, 1952, the first hydrogen bomb was detonated in the Marshall Islands and three days later, nuclear fallout contained high levels of radiation.

PARS President Robert Celestial says every year a vigil is held to pray for those who passed on as a result of radiation exposure and also push for the passage of H.R. 1630, which was introduced by Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo back in March.  Celestial said, "It's to amend the law to include Guam in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. 

"In 2005, the National Research Council identified and reported to Congress that Guam and residents during that time period from 1946 through 1974 are eligible for this restitution."

The vigil begins at 6:30 tomorrow evening at the Skinner Plaza.

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