The Peace Memorial Park is a large park at the center of Hiroshima City dedicated to peace. The park includes memorials such as the Atomic Bomb Dome, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Hiroshima Victims Memorial Cenotaph, and the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall, among many others. All are in remembrance of the victims who died in the bombing. On August 6 of each year, an annual Peace Memorial Ceremony is held at the Victims Memorial Cenotaph, located in the park’s center. The site has been the focus during visits from people such as former U.S. President Barack Obama in 2016 and Pope Francis in 2019.
Moment of Joy
In the Peace Memorial Park, there are many statues created by artists with a theme of peace. One of the most famous is the Children’s Peace Monument, where a child is holding an origami crane. The statue was created in memory of the children who were victims of the atomic bombings, and is surrounded by thousands of paper cranes (Senba Zuru) donated from all over the world. Near the Children’s Peace Monument is the Flame of Peace. The Flame of Peace is a symbol of anti-nuclear weapons that will continue to burn until the day nuclear weapons disappear from the earth. Former Secretary of State John Kerry, who visited the park in 2016, stated, “Every person in the world should visit this memorial.”