The 63rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima

Full text of 2008 Hiroshima Peace Declaration

The following is the full text of the Peace Declaration issued by Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba at a memorial ceremony on Wednesday, the 63rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city.

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Another August 6, and the horrors of 63 years ago arise undiminished in the minds of our hibakusha, whose average age now exceeds 75. “Water, please!” “Help me!” “Mommy!” — On this day, we, too, etch in our hearts the voices, faces and forms that vanished in the hell no hibakusha can ever forget, renewing our determination that “No one else should ever suffer as we did.”

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The Peace Declaration

 

The Peace Declaration

In 1947, the second year after Hiroshima experienced the disaster of the world’s first atomic bombing, Hiroshima held a Peace Festival in the hope of developing it into a global-scale event to help convey Hiroshima’s desire for lasting peace to people around the world.

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