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Friday, August 09, 2013

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Anniversary 2013

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Nagasaki Peace Memorial

Today, August 9th is the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, the second city in Japan after Hiroshima, three days earlier to be devastated by a nuclear bomb dropped by the American Air Force.

The intended target was Kitakyushu to the north of Nagasaki but the target was changed due to prevailing cloud cover.

The day will be marked by solemn memorial services in the port city on the western coast of Kyushu, including an annual address by the Mayor of Nagasaki as he delivers a Peace Declaration to the World. Last year US Ambassador John Roos was in attendance as well as representatives from over 40 nations.

A prayer is held at 11.02am, the exact time of the bombing and the mayor of Nasgasaki will repeat his pleas for a nuclear-free Japan.

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