The thirty-third anniversary of the destruction of Nagasaki by an American atomic bomb was commemorated in Peace Park, Nagasaki on Wednesday (9 August).
The thirty-third anniversary of the destruction of Nagasaki by an American atomic bomb was commemorated in Peace Park, Nagasaki on Wednesday (9 August). Nagasaki was the second Japanese city to be devastated by an atomic bomb in August 1945. The intended target had been Kokura, but bad weather prevented sighting of that city. At 11.02 AM on Wednesday, the exact time of the 1945 bombing, church bells tolled, factory sirens wailed and ship whistles sounded throughout Nagasaki as people offered a silent prayer.
SYNOPSIS: Fifty-per cent of Nagasaki was completely destroyed by the bomb that was dropped on the 9th of August 1945. Large crowds gathered at the Peace Monument to remember the 75,000 people who lost their lives and to honour the 370,000 who still live with injuries from the atomic blast.
Many of those attending the ceremony remember the day of the bombing, and are still affected by radiation poisoning. Others mourn the loss of close relatives.
A cenotaph at the Peace Monument contains scrolls which list the names of the victims. Each year people die from the effects of the radiation and their names are then added to the scrolls on memorial day. A similar ceremony was held in Hiroshima on Sunday in memory of the victims of the first atomic bomb ever used in war.
As people attended the memorial service, Japanese anti-nuclear protestors marked the anniversary by pledging to stop a faulty nuclear-powered ship from docking for repair at Sasebo, 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the city. Survivors of the Nagasaki bombing and local fishermen and trade unionists were among the protestors.