Today, some 150 Scouts from the National Scout Organizations (NSOs) participating in the 23rd World Scout Jamboree took part in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb.
“It is strange and interesting that despite the tragedy the Japanese hold no resentment towards those responsible. It’s really really important how the Japanese spread the message of peace to
everyone; once you see it, it changes your views on how things should be dealt with”, said Jamboree Young Spokesperson Sara Sabba from Italy who was there to witness this significant occasion.
At 8:15AM on 6th August 1945 in Hiroshima, one of the greatest tragedies in human history unfolded, at the loss more than 100,000 lives.
Before the ceremony, Scouts from all over the world helped local Japanese Scouts hand out flowers and programmes.
During the day’s events, participants visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and joined attendees from Hiroshima city as they prayed for those who lost their lives in the nuclear bombing, as well as for peace in the world. Japanese Prime Minister Abe as well as the Mayor of Hiroshima and the Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture addressed the crowd of nearly 26,000 people.
After the main ceremony, the Scouts moved to the Children’s memorial to dedicate paper cranes that had been donated by Hiroshima Scout council as well as cranes delivered by other NSOs. All the Scouts had the opportunity to hang their string of cranes up onto this memorial.
The day ended at Hiroshima Sun Plaza where all the Scouts were given the opportunity to meet Scouts from Hiroshima and enjoyed two traditional Japanese “kagura” performances of music and dance.