Those were the words of Captain Robert Lewis of the “Enola Gay” upon dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. It is estimated that 77,000 people died instantly and that another 40,000 passed away from its effects over the next few months.
The United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki just three days later.
75 years to the day have passed since that horrific event. The world has seen its fair share of tragedy over those 75 years, but nothing quite like what happened near the end of World War II.
America finds itself in 2020 facing the deaths of about 160,000 people from the COVID-19 pandemic. I wonder how many people may be asking the same in our response to the disease. “What have we done?” While the dropping of the bomb was an intentional act that precipitated the end of WWII we must recognize that all inappropriate acts regarding the coronavirus, whether intentional or not, can possibly lead to the deaths of people.
In our case today, remember that the leadership responsibility regarding the handling of the pandemic lies with the same person that has the nuclear codes.
On a brighter note:
The lovable Lucille Ball was born on this day in 1911. In honor of her birthday, we celebrate the Queen of Comedy with a look back at her movie and television career. https://t.co/5BwlwCp4y3 pic.twitter.com/kXUEYqwJ23
— IMDb (@IMDb) August 6, 2020
We can expect a period of scattered thunderstorms over the next two days, where some areas may pick up more rain than they did from Isaias. Since storms may develop along a stalled out front this afternoon some areas may receive 2 to 3 inches of rain. Temps should reside in the low to mid 80’s before we see more sunshine on Saturday.
— AccuWeather (@breakingweather) August 6, 2020
— Daniel Johnson (@DanielJohnsonWx) August 6, 2020