On August 6th, 1945, something happened that changed the fate of mankind forever, an atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima. Japan immediately surrendered and thus marked the end of World War II.
It was a weapon that had never been seen before and nicknamed “Little Boy” it was dropped by a B-29 bomber. In one explosion 80,000 people were killed immediately, and then the death count continued to rise every day due to radiation exposure. And for people who did survive the visions of the carnage and terrible burn scars haunted them until the end of their days.
Several monuments have been nominated and built to ensure no one ever forgets what happened, a way to ensure war never gets out of hand again. The devastation of the nuclear weapon was huge and monuments were built to symbolize peace, in hopes that history would never repeat itself.
One of the monuments that particularly stands out is called the Hiroshima Flame of Peace or also called the Peace Flame, which is located in the Hiroshima Peace Park. It is a monument that is dedicated to the thousands of victims and a symbol for world denuclearisation.
The amazing thing is that it was lit on August 1st, 1964, and is used as a way of protesting against the construction and use of nuclear weapons. When the flame was lit, the emperor of Japan boldly claimed
“Burning the flame until the day when all such weapons shall have disappeared from the earth.”
The architecture of the monument is very special, it represents world peace and also represents the victims who died after the explosion craving water. Every year they also host a flame relay where supporters run through the streets through towns, villages, and cities all around Japan, proclaiming their commitment to nuclear peace.
The flame is also used for other purposes, as it is so special, for example when the Asian Games were hosted in Hiroshima in 1994, the sacred fires of the games were lit by the flame of peace.