Hiroshima Day, 6 August 2012, was celebrated all over the world – sixty seven years after the dropping of the first atomic bomb.
Several hundred peace campaigners met in Tavistock Square, London, where Tony Benn described the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the ‘greatest war crime’ ever.
The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome – above) was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945.
Through the efforts of many people, including those of the city of Hiroshima, it has been preserved in the same state as immediately after the bombing.
The dome is a powerful and stark reminder of the most destructive force ever created by humankind.
It is also regarded as an expression of hope for world peace and the ultimate elimination of all nuclear weapons.
Anon: The Friend August 2012