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Tinian joins world in commemorating 75th year of Hiroshima bombing

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THE municipal government of Tinian observed the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing on Thursday.

“I am grateful that despite the Covid-19 restrictions on our ability to hold this annual peace ceremony, we are still able to recognize such an important event, virtually,” Mayor Edwin Aldan said.

He noted that Tinian played a critical role during World War II and is now one of the many advocates that wish to totally eliminate weapons of mass destruction.

“Growing up and having read of Tinian’s role in this war and the aftermath of the atomic bomb, I continue to share in sympathy for all those who were and continue to be affected by the destruction of this bomb,” he added.

Aldan said he continues to campaign for peace in the world.

 This photo taken last year shows Tinian Mayor Edwin Aldan with residents and visiting dignitaries during the commemoration of the Hiroshima bombing. Contributed photo

“Remembering the tens of thousands of irreplaceable human lives that were lost, whether it be on the day of the bombing itself or in the months thereafter, and the numerous survivors who continue to suffer and be affected from the atomic bombs’ aftereffects — even to this day — leaves me frightened at what weapons of mass destruction could do,” he said.

The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which were destroyed and flattened to the ground by atomic bombs, now serve as  beacons of hope, strength, and resilience, Aldan said.

“Peace is not an abstract concept; neither is it one of chance. Peace is tangible — it can be seen, felt, and heard because it is built through hard work, solidarity, compassion, and respect. And because of the horrors of the atomic bomb, I am sure that we could all come together and say that we stand united against weapons of mass destruction,” he said.

The mayor said every year, Tinian holds a peace ceremony to join Hiroshima, Nagasaki and all of the other cities throughout the world in promoting world peace.

“On behalf of the Tinian leadership, I ask for all of you to continue to pray for and join the movement in advocating for lasting world peace,” the mayor said. 

Tinian was the launching point for the atomic bomb attacks against Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945.

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