Hiroshima Atomic Bombing years to remember– Thursday, Mayor Kazumi Matsui calls for U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders to step up efforts toward making a nuclear-weapons-free world. Remembering Japan 70th anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima.
On August 6, 1945, 70 years ago to remember, at around 08:10, US B-29 bomber called the Enola Gay dropped the Uranium Atomic Bombing explode 1,800ft above the city. Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said, “As long as there are nuclear weapons, anyone can become a hibakusha.”
For 45 minutes of Atomic Bombing, nuclear effects mixed with ash and smoke from the firestorms to create a radioactive black rain that saturated survivors and did not subside until the fires began to burn themselves out in the evening. On that day alone,at least 70,000 people are believed to have been killed. Many more died of horrific injuries caused by radiation poisoning in the days, weeks and months that followed.
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo attended a ceremony in remembrance of Atomic Bombing held at Hiroshima’s memorial park before thousands of lanterns are released on the city’s Motoyasu river. The premier said his country would submit a fresh resolution to abolish nuclear weapons at the UN general assembly later this year. Thousands of people of Japan attended the commemoration ceremony.
“As the only country ever attacked by an atomic bomb… we have a mission to create a world without nuclear arms,” Abe said. “We have been tasked with conveying the inhumanity of nuclear weapons, across generations and borders,” he added.
Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matusi were joined by US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy for the official ceremony of remembrance which included silent prayers, the release of doves and a declaration of peace.IMAGE/philly.com