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Hiroshima marks 69th anniversary of atomic bombing with flowers, moment of silence

Published on Aug 6, 2014 4:04 PM

HIROSHIMA (AFP) - Tens of thousands of people gathered for peace ceremonies in Hiroshima on Wednesday, marking the 69th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city, as anti-nuclear sentiment runs high in Japan.

Bells tolled as ageing survivors, relatives, government officials and foreign delegates observed a moment of silence in the rain at 8:15 am local time (7:15 am Singapore time), when the detonation turned the western Japanese city into an inferno.

People attending Wednesday's ceremony placed flowers in front of the cenotaph at Peace Memorial Park in downtown Hiroshima.

The city's mayor Kazumi Matsui recalled the grim memories of one survivor at a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy.

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