Hiroshima bombing, 70th Anniversary is marked today349 views
Hiroshima, that word had a new meaning to the world 70 years ago today in Japan. It was the day when mankind had realized it’s potential and the damage it could do to each other. How we can destroy each other in a single moment. For those of us who don’t or vaguely remember what happened. It’s when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima and three days later in Nagasaki killed approx. 140,000 people and it still remains as the only time in human history where the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare.
A ceremony, attended by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was held at Hiroshima’s memorial park before thousands of lanterns are released on the city’s Motoyasu river.
At 08:15am local time all of Japan joined in for a moment of silence for the remembrance of the lives which were lost on that tragic day. PM Shinzo Abe addressed a crowd of 40,000 people who attending the commemoration ceremony at Hiroshima’s peace park near the epicentre of the 1945 attack, Mr Abe called for worldwide nuclear disarmament.
He said that the atomic bomb not only killed thousands of people in Hiroshima, but also caused unspeakable suffering to the survivors.
“Today Hiroshima has been revived,” the prime minister said, “and has become a city of culture and prosperity.
“Seventy years on I want to reemphasize the necessity of world peace.”
Mr. Abe was not only speaking and appearing at the official ceremony, he was also joined by Hiroshima’s Mayor Kazumi Matusi and the US Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy.
Mr. Matusi spoke at the ceremony and described nuclear weapons as an “absolute evil” and urged the world to put an end to them forever. Mr. Matusi went on to add:
“To coexist we must abolish the… ultimate inhumanity that is nuclear weapons. Now is the time to start taking action,” he said in his annual speech.
The ceremony included silent prayers, the release of doves and a declaration of peace.