Hiroshima bombing – Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack on Thursday.
Hiroshima residents are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb dropped by an American aircraft. Earlier in the day, thousands of lanterns were released on the Motoyasu river of Hiroshima city and then a ceremony was held to pay tribute to the dead at Hiroshima’s Memorial Park.
More than 50,000 people gathered in the Peace Memorial Park for the annual ceremony. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the official ceremony of remembrance along with Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui. The survivors of the atomic bomb disaster, known as hibakusha, were also among the attendees.
In addition, US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and the delegates from more than 100 countries also took part in silent prayers, the release of doves and a declaration of peace.
Mr. Abe addressed the crowd at the commemoration ceremony at Peace Park near the epicenter of the attack. He said that atomic bomb not only killed thousands of people in Hiroshima but also caused uncountable suffering to survivors. Mr. Abe also called for nuclear weapons free world and emphasized the necessity of world peace.
“Today Hiroshima has been revived and has become a city of culture and prosperity,” the prime minister said.
Hiroshima Mayor described nuclear weapons as an “absolute evil” while asking the world to put an end to these evil weapons forever. “To coexist we must abolish the ultimate inhumanity that is nuclear. Now is the time to start taking action,” he said in his speech.
On 6 August 1945 at around 08:15, a US B-29 bomber dropped the first uranium bomb in Hiroshima followed by second bomb on Nagasaki three days later. The bombings killed at least 130,000 people and these horrific events are credited to bring an end of World War II. IMAGE/stripes.com