Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park
Lay a flower at Japan's Hiroshima Peace Memorial in memory of the 140,000 people who died as a result of the world's first nuclear bomb dropped here on August 6, 1945. The surrounding park was built on the open field that was created by the bomb's impact and today hosts a variety of guided tours, museums and events aimed to ensure that the horrors of war are never forgotten. Near the center of the parks is a concrete saddle-shaped monument that covers a cenotaph which holds the names of all of the people killed by the A-bomb. The Peace Flame is another monument to the victims, and has burned continuously since 1964 and will remain lit until all of the nuclear bombs on the planet are destroyed. There is also the Peace Bells, which visitors are encouraged to ring in a call out for peace. While the Peace Memorial is perhaps the world's single greatest commemorative site to the brutality of war, it also acts as a stark symbol to the enduring concept of world peace and is guaranteed to make an impression.
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- Location: Hiroshima, Japan