Remembering Hiroshima

On a somber note, 64 years ago on this date, a US bomber named “Enola Gay” flew over the city of Hiroshima and its approximate 250,000 residents and dropped the world’s first atomic bomb. An estimated 70,000 people were immediately killed with another 70,000 killed in the aftermath due to radiation exposure and resulting injuries.

Boston Globe’s Big Picture has a collection of photos relating to that day. Hiroshima survivor Issey Miyake, then seven-years-old when the bomb dropped, recently wrote an op-ed in the New York Times sharing his experience publicly for the first time in a bid to encourage President Obama to visit Hiroshima today as “a real and a symbolic step toward creating a world that knows no fear of nuclear threat.”