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Peace Declaration on Hiroshima Day, August 6, 2007
International Engagement & Building Peace

Tadatoshi Akiba, the Mayor of Hiroshima, Japan, issued his annual "Peace Declaration" on Hiroshima Day—August 6, 2007.

It begins...

"That fateful summer, 8:15.  The roar of a B-29 breaks the morning calm.  A parachute opens in the blue sky.  Then suddenly, a flash, an enormous blast—silence—hell on Earth."

And it ends...

"Sixty-two years after the atomic bombing, we offer today our heartfelt prayers for the peaceful repose of all its victims and of Iccho Itoh, the mayor of Nagasaki shot down on his way toward nuclear weapons abolition.  Let us pledge here and now to take all actions required to bequeath to future generations a nuclear-weapon-free world."

Read the full text (PDF) or watch the video of the mayor delivering the Peace Declaration in English.

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