August 6th, 1945:
?? The United States became the first & only nation to use atomic weaponry, having dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on this day.
To make matters worse, three days later the United States dropped another on the city of Nagasaki.
Why did the US attack Hiroshima?
? Japan & the United States & its allies fought a bitter war in the Asia Pacific theatre during World War II. While it was clear by 1945 that Japan could not win a long, drawn-out conflict, Japan nonetheless showed no signs of surrender.
? U.S. President Harry Truman approved the nuclear strikes in expectation that the massive destruction would shock the Japanese military leadership into surrendering.
? The nuclear bomb that was dropped in Hiroshima was named “Little Boy”.
?While the 80,000 plus initially killed marked the end of World War II, the untold quantities of energy that hit the two cities not only left the city state in ruins but many more died later from injuries and radiation related illnesses.
☮️ Today Hiroshima Day is celebrated to memorialise those that lost their lives in the bombing & also to pray for lasting world peace.
☮️ Those unjustly bombed were not soldiers, but civilians, so this day is essentially a peace day for children to learn & reflect on the devastation and terror that resulted from the bombs.
☮️ Hiroshima holds the Peace Memorial Ceremony annually in front of the Memorial Cenotaph Peace Memorial Park where people pray for the victims.
2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the peace day that aims to promote peace politics against war by raising awareness of the threat and dangers of nuclear weapons and energy.