On August 6, the City of Cockburn’s 33rd annual Hiroshima Day was held at Edwardes Park, and was attended by Mayor Logan Howlett and Consul-General Tatsuo Hirayama. The City of Cockburn holds this event to mark Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s Atomic Bomb days, and to pray for world peace. This year’s ceremony ended with the release of white doves, and was followed by students from around the City of Cockburn planting trees.
Consul-General Hirayama, while expressing his gratitude for this initiative of Cockburn, emphasized that Japan, in cooperation with other countries, would endeavor to create a world free of nuclear weapons, and that it is important that the younger generations understand the importance of peace.
Following the ceremony, the participants returned to the city council, where primary school students tried their hand at making origami cranes, and a reading of “Story of the Peace Crane” was held which tells the story of Sadako Sasaki.