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Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb

November 17, 2016 by David Herd

Peace Park Statue

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb

 Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb which was dropped on the city August 9th 1945 instantly killing 74,000 civilians. The 9.7 meter statue was created in the hope this horrific tragic event will never be repeated.

Terrible statistics

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb

 Man’s inhumanity to man, Makes countless thousands mourn! Robert Burns 1784.

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb

The right hand is pointing to the sky signifying the threat of atomic weapons, the left arm points horizontally to represent the wish for peace.

 Fountain of Peace

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb

The fountain is shaped like the wings of an angel, it was constructed to remember the poor tragic victims who died searching for water.

Nagasaki Peace Bell

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb 

The Bells of Nagasaki were set up in 1977 and each year are rung at the moment of silence at 11:02 on the anniversary of the terrible event which instantly killed 74,000 people.

On 9 August 1945, the US dropped the second atomic bomb ever deployed in conflict, hitting the Japanese industrial city of Nagasaki. From BBC News August 2015.

School children of Nagasaki

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb

 On October 24 2016 I saw these Japanese students paying respect at the Nagasaki Peace Park. I spoke to one of the teachers who told me they were here for a “peace lesson”. I told the teacher vissiting Nagasaka had an extra personal meaning for me, I explained that my late uncle was a prisoner in the mines during the war, and how he was liberated by the Americans, put on a train & passed through the still burning city of Nagasaki 3 days after the atomic bomb instantly killed 74,000 people.

Here is my uncle’s story written in 1980, http://fivestarvagabond.com/soldiers-incredible-story/

This was a very special moving experience for me, seeing & hearing these beautiful Japanese schoolchildren singing for peace at the Nagasaki Peace Park.

Nagasaki students sing for peace

 More school children

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb

 Heiwa Kinen-zo statue at Nagasaki Peace Park, an extremely humbling emotional experience reading about the 74,000 people who were killed instantly in August 1945. The marvelous statue was built to pray for victims of atomic bomb.

 Orizuru or paper cranes

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb

 

There is a lovely story behind these colourful paper cranes that are sent by people from all over the world, they have really become a symbol of peace. 

A moving & symbolic experience

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb

This statue provided perhaps the most moving and symbolic experience in my life, maybe it was the connection with my late uncle, maybe it was the emotion generated by the children that were here being taught about peace, whatever the reason I shall never forget this day.

How powerful was Hiroshima & Nagasaki?

Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb

Compared to weapons of today it could be considered small, however that is not the case, it killed 140,000 people. 

Robert Lewis, the co-pilot of the U.S. bomber “Enola Gay,” later wrote, “My God what have we done?”
That horror, encapsulated by those few words, continues to resonate worldwide.

My hotel was in a perfect location only a 10 minute tram ride to the Peace Park. Rated highly by AGODA, book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate with free WiFi.

Thank you for visiting my Nagasaki Peace Park remembers Atom Bomb photo blog.

Sukiyaki (Ue o Muite Arukou) – Kyu Sakamoto (English Translation and Lyrics)

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