Hiroshima Remembered

Published: Aug. 7, 2007 at 1:01 AM HST|Updated: Aug. 7, 2007 at 1:03 AM HST
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Hironori Taketo, Little Leaguer
Hironori Taketo, Little Leaguer

By: Roger Mari

HONOLULU (KHNL) - More than 140,000 people lost their lives in the bombing.  On Monday, a replica of the Hiroshima Peace Bell was rung in their memory at the Izumo Teishokyo Mission.

Little League teams from Hawaii and Hiroshima participated in Monday's ceremony, unified by the ringing of the bell.

"It represents peace to both the people of Hawaii and the people of Hiroshima because we both played a part in the war," says Hironori Taketo, Little Leaguer.

The Hiroshima Commemoration and Peace Committee hope to educate the younger generation about the event 62 years ago.

"They can learn about this unfortunate tragedy, and as they grow up to be the leaders of our community know the message of peace, understanding of building bridges of friendship and aloha, and promoting ourselves throughout the world," says Wayne Miyao, Hiroshima-Hawaii Sister State Committee.

"It's important to remember what happened in the past so we can move forward to the future," says Brett Choy, Little Leaguer.

Just as tragic as the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima was the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1945.

Hiroshima and Hawaii are always together in tragedy, so today and for the future we want to promote our selves -- both Hiroshima and the state of Hawaii -- in peace and harmony," says Miyao.

Monday's ceremony was a day of solace, celebration, and a  big step in re-building the relationship between Hawaii and the city of Hiroshima.

"Seeing the faces and the concern of people present today, we know that they are committed to not letting it happen again," says Miyao.

The sound of this peace bell is a simple reminder that trying to live in harmony is everybody's responsibility.

The bell was presented to the city of Honolulu in 1985 from the people of Hiroshima in recognition of the relationship between Hiroshima and the state of Hawaii.