Three groups of Japanese marchers, joined for part of the way by foreign delegations, ended a six-week "Anti-AtomIC Bomb Protest March" Aug 4 thousands of people gave them a rousing welcome on arrival at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park.
SV. Marchers with placards of many nations.
CV. Negro marcher.
CV. Japanese marcher.
SV. Head of marchers.
GTV. Marchers arrive at destination.
GTV. Approach monument.
CV. Stone with inscription.
GV. Marchers with monument in background.
SV. Women light floral tributes.
SV. Woman adds floral tribute to others.
CV. Man prays.
CV. Woman prays.
MV. Young girl prays.
SV. Section of crowd.
CV. Wreaths laid.
SV. Girl strikers German bell.
SV. Back Shot above.
GV. Crowd - doves released.
SLV. Ruins building relic.
AIR TO GROUND - crowds and monument.
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Background: Three groups of Japanese marchers, joined for part of the way by foreign delegations, ended a six-week "Anti-AtomIC Bomb Protest March" Aug 4 thousands of people gave them a rousing welcome on arrival at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park.
They set out in June and July from Nuguta, in the far north; Tokyo; and the islands in the southernmost tip of Kyushu, bearing banners and placards, enlisting support for the campaign against nuclear weapons in all the towns and villages through which they passed.
Organised by the Japan Council against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs, this "National Peace Pilgrimage" was a highlight of the three-day anti nuclear weapon rally attended by thousands of Japanese and 80 foreign delegates from 24 countries.
Climax of the rally was at 1815 Aug 6th, anniversary of the exact moment that an atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima from American aircraft fourteen years ago. Sirens sounded and bells rang throughout the city, while worshippers offered one minute of silent prayer.
After the Mayor of Hiroshima had enshrined the names of 187 people believe to have died last year from the effects of radiation, the ceremony closed with 250 schoolchildren intoning the "Song of Peace" and the release of 1,000 'peace doves'.
Six Western delegates walked out of the conference Aug 6 in protest against its partiality to the Communist - bloc nations.