Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony is an annual Japanese vigil.

Every August 6, "A-Bomb Day", the city of Hiroshima holds the Peace Memorial Ceremony to console the victims of the atomic bombs and to pray for the realization of lasting world peace. The ceremony is held in front of the Memorial Cenotaph in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Participants include the families of the deceased and people from all over the world.

Contents of the ceremony[edit]

  • Dedication of Water (by the citizen representatives of Hiroshima)
  • Opening
  • Dedication of the Register of the Names of the Fallen Atomic Bomb Victims
  • Address
  • Dedication of flowers
  • Silent Prayer and Peace Bell (for one minute from 8:15am)
    • The bell is rung by one representative of bereaved families and one representative of children
  • Peace Declaration (by Mayor of Hiroshima)
  • Release of Doves
  • Commitment to Peace (by Children's representatives)
  • Addresses (by Prime Minister of Japan and other visitors)
  • Hiroshima Peace Song
  • Closing

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