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A minute of silence for Hiroshima's dead

Monday, August 06, 2012 - 01:38

Aug. 6 - Japan marks the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima with a minute of silence.

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Devastation in Hiroshima. On August 6, 1945, American B-29 warplane Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on the city. Now, the bell tolls for the dead. In a ceremony on Monday, Japan marked 67 years since the bombing. The city of 1.2 million honoured the thousands who perished in the attack - and the many more who died of radiation exposure - by observing a minute of silence and releasing hundreds of doves into the sky. Among those in attendance, a grandson of Harry Truman, the former U.S. president who ordered the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Clifton Truman Daniel spoke with reporters after the ceremony. (SOUNDBITE) (English) 55-YEAR-OLD CLIFTON TRUMAN DANIEL, GRANDSON OF FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN, SAYING: "I was praying for the souls lost in Hiroshima and trying to imagine what must have happened on a beautiful August day." The bomb dropped on the city, nicknamed "Little Boy", released a mix of shock waves, heat rays and radiation. The death toll by the end of 1945 was estimated at about 140,000 out of the total 350,000 that lived there at the time.

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A minute of silence for Hiroshima's dead

Monday, August 06, 2012 - 01:38