|The Cenotaph (grave for unknown people)|
You can see the Atomic Dome on the other
side of the mall
Shadows were etched onto the sides of buildings. Skin was burnt off of bodies. Glass bottles melted into deformed shapes. Entire buildings of brick, mortar, and concrete collapsed.
Every year when this day comes I can not help but think that War is Hell. These victims did not ask for war. Their sin was to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unfortunately, the world has seen this type of "collateral damage" time and again.
|The Atomic Dome the week after the blast|
I think seeing this type of devestation has made me not enjoy war movies or shoot 'em up computer games. Certainly I can not dis-associate myself from some of these cold, calculating military types who talk of "numbers" when they are really talking about "corpses."
|The epicenter of the blast was in the air |
above the Atomic Dome (on the left of
the shadow, on the banks of the river)
No US President has ever visited Hiroshima. I can't find any specific incident when the Japanese Emperor visited Pearl Harbor, either, although he has talked about going several times. Symbolic gesture only? Maybe, but symbols are very powerful things.