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Hiroshima, 6 August 1945

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Elizabethofseasons

Elizabethofseasons Report 6 Aug 2012 23:27

Dear All

Hello

Japan marked the 67th anniversary of the first atomic attack with a ceremony today that was attended by a grandson of Harry Truman, the US president who ordered the bomb to be dropped on the city of Hiroshima.

About 50,000 people gathered in Hiroshima's peace park near the epicentre of the 1945 blast that killed as many as 140,000 people.

A second atomic bombing on 9 August in Nagasaki killed tens of thousands more and prompted Japan to surrender, bringing the second world war to an end.

The ceremony, attended by representatives of about 70 countries, began with the ringing of a temple bell and a moment of silence. Flowers were placed before Hiroshima's eternal flame.

Truman's grandson, Clifton Truman Daniel, and the grandson of a radar operator who was on both of the bomb run planes, joined in the memorial. Ari Beser's grandfather, Jacob Beser, was the only person who took part in both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings.


Daniel, 55, said in a statement earlier that he decided to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki because he needed to know the consequences of his grandfather's decision as part of his own efforts to help achieve a nuclear-free world.Hiroshima's mayor, Kazumi Matsui, said Japan must take a bolder role in leading global disarmament efforts and called on world leaders to come to his city to "contemplate peace".



Take gentle care all
Sincere wishes
Elizabeth, EOS
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