Monday, August 06, 2007

By Junko Kimura, Getty Images

Seems it is a day to remember on more than one front.

Hiroshima marks 62nd anniversary of atomic bombing

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that Japan is committed to its non-nuclear policy and will work toward the abolition of nuclear weapons as Hiroshima marked the 62nd anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack, which killed more than 140,000 people in the Japanese city.

About 40,000 survivors, residents and visitors from around the world gathered near Ground Zero to observe a minute of silence at 8:15 a.m. Monday, the moment the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay dropped its deadly payload on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945.

An estimated 140,000 people were killed instantly or died within a few months after the bombing. Three days later, another U.S. airplane dropped a plutonium bomb on the city of Nagasaki, killing about 80,000 people.