Ceremony marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima during World War II.

The anniversary was honored with the ringing of the peace bell at Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii on Kukui Street.

The ceremony was held to remember those who were killed in the attack, which marked the end of the war, and to recognize the long-standing relationship between Hawaii and Hiroshima.

“It’s something of the past 70 years ago, that’s a long time but perhaps there should be some replay looking back and then looking forward,” said Richard Miyao of Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii.

The ceremony included a purification and blessing, and a performance of “Peace on your Wings,” the title song of the musical inspired by Sadako Sasaki, who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped.

She was diagnosed with leukemia and folded paper cranes to fulfill an old Japanese legend that would grant a wish to anyone who folded a thousand cranes.

She died at the age of 12.

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