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‘Lest we forget’ 60 years ago the world's first atomic bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. At least 120,000 people were killed immediately and around twice as many over time

At 1:45 a.m. on August 6, 1945, a US B-29 bomber, named Enola Gay, took off from Tinian Island in the Mariana Islands. It carried the world’s second atomic bomb, the first having been detonated three weeks earlier at a US test site in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The Enola Gay carried one atomic bomb, with an enriched uranium core. It had an explosive force of some 12,500 tons of TNT. At 8:15 a.m. that morning, as the citizens of Hiroshima were beginning their day, the Enola Gay released its horrific cargo, which fell for 43 seconds before detonating at 580 meters above Shima Hospital near the centre of the city. Three days after destroying Hiroshima, after failing to find an opening in the clouds over its primary target of the city of Kokura, a US B-29 bomber, named Bockscar, attacked the Japanese city of Nagasaki with the world’s third atomic weapon. This bomb had a plutonium core and an explosive force of some 22,000 tons of TNT. It had been named “Fat Man.” The attack took place at 11:02 a.m. It resulted in the immediate deaths of some 40,000 people (Part of an article by D. Krieger, Aug. 2003).

A commemoration for the attrocities that have happened at Hiroshima and Nagasagki was held at Park Square, Leeds City Centre on 9th August 2005. The event also launched the Leeds City Centre Peace Trail, which has 12 sites associated with peace and peacemakers in Leeds. Attending were the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leeds, the Mayor and Mayoress of Wakefield, the MP Greg Mulholland, and dozens of others, including press from Yorkshire TV and BBC TV and radio. The Choir, who call themselves ‘Peace Offering’ sang a special song written for the day’s events. A roll of paper on the ground was placed for people to write message of peace. After walking part of the new Leeds Peace Trail, a reception was held in the Civic Hall hosted by the Lord Mayor.

Photos from Nagasaki Commemoration

Remember Hiroshima

Remember Nagasaki

Mayors of Peace

Hiroshima Nagasaki Atomic Bombing Exhibition comes to Leeds

Leeds Met International Reflections, 23 June 2004

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