At 8:15am on August 6th 1945 Hiroshima became the first city in history to be targeted by a nuclear weapon. The A-Bomb was dropped by the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) with devastating effects and by the end of the first year 140,000+ were dead!
Now Hiroshima stands as a city of peace and has become an active component in the fight to eliminate nuclear weapons and testing! Since the bombing the mayor of Hiroshima has sent telegrams protesting each and every nuclear test – to date 303 telegrams have been sent!
Each time a protest letter is sent, the mayor hopes it will be the last!
Despite it’s devastating past Hiroshima is a city of remembrance and hope and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial is a constant reminder to man-kind of the devastation we’re capable of.
At the centre of the memorial is the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall – the only building left standing near the hypocentre of the bomb blast, albeit in skeletal form. It was preserved in that state when reconstruction of the city began, and became known as the Genbaku (Atomic Bomb) Dome.
The gardens and various memorials to those that lost their lives because of the immediate and after effects of the bombing are a stark reminder of all that was lost. Although Hiroshima is undoubtedly a city of sadness it’s strength and attitude are commendable and the memorials are understated and sympathetic.
No visit to Hiroshima would be complete without taking time to reflect on it’s devastating history and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial is a must-see!