The 61st anniversary of atomic bombs falling in Hiroshima and Nagasaki passed as world leaders accelerated a new nuclear arms race. The Mayors of the two Japanese cities called for an end to the weapons that caused such widespread suffering, death and destruction. The people spoke with one very experienced voice in their honoring those struck down.
Participants in Nagasaki observed a moment of silence at 11:02 a.m., the exact time the atomic bomb was dropped on the city.
Kikuyo Nakamura, 82, said she was concerned the attack could soon be forgotten because many of those who survived have passed away. "I will never forget what happened 61 years ago," she said. "Now I feel compelled to tell others how stupid, scary and cruel the war was."
Wednesday's ceremony followed a memorial service Sunday in Hiroshima, where about 45,000 people gathered in the city's peace park. Embassy officials from seven countries, including Germany, Russia and Australia, were among those who attended in Nagasaki, city officials said. American diplomats did not attend, according to a city statement.
The news indicates the only world power ever to drop atomic bombs in war failed to show up and accept responsibility for our actions. Sound familiar? It should, it’s a Bush time honored tradition.