To most people, today, August 6th, did not mean too much. Today was an average Thursday, many got up, went to work and carried on with their day. However for many, today was a day of sadness, a day of remembrance. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
A ceremony was held today in Hiroshima’s memorial park where thousands of lanterns were let go into the city’s river, Motoyasu river.
The bombing of Hiroshima is probably one of the best known events to take place in World War Two and many credit it for the end of the second World War. The bomb, known as “Little Boy”, that was dropped on the unsuspecting city killed at least 140,000 people who were in the city. These numbers increase when the radiation and injuries that occurred are taken into effect. The bomb devastated people for generations and it is the japanese who remembered this day in history today.
A question that many people ask themselves when it comes to the topic of Hiroshima and the bombing is: why was Hiroshima chosen? Well, a lot of thought was put into the decision about the atomic bomb and what it’s fate would be. There were debates of whether they should drop it on a small town to keep the death toll on the low and show it as a warning. Other ideas were perhaps to drop it on a vacated area so that the message would get across that they meant business. Many considered dropping it on large cities so that they could really get across that they meant business and that’s exactly what they ended up doing.
On August 6th 1945 at 8:15am, when most people in the large city were getting ready for their work day, “Little Boy” was dropped on Hiroshima and history was changed forever.
70 years later, Hiroshima residents and millions of others remember that horrific day. 40,000 people showed up for the ceremony and at 8:15, held a moment of silence while they remembered those who had died on that day and the thousands who suffered for days, weeks, months, and years afterwards.