The day, August 6, marks the 75th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing in Hiroshima. In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremonies were downsized while the Mayor of the city urged nations to do away with selfish nationalism and called for nations to fight all the threats being united.
“On August 6, 1945, a single atomic bomb destroyed our city. Rumour at the time had it that ‘nothing will grow here for 75 years. And yet, Hiroshima recovered, becoming a symbol of peace,” said Mayor Kazumi Matsui.
Thousands of people usually packed the Peace Park in central Hiroshima to pray, sing and lay paper cranes as a symbol of peace but today, in the time of the pandemic, entrance to the memorial ceremony was kept limited to only survivors and their families.