Every year we mark August 9 as Nagasaki Day to commemorate the lost innocent lives during World War II. On this day itself in 1945, the US warplane named Enola Gay dropped a bomb named a fat man( code name) on this beautiful city and took away many innocent lives, giving them the pain they all till day suffered from. The city was ruined with the white light and black rain and all there was nothing but the mushroom clouds of radioactive gases.
Why do we celebrate Nagasaki Day?
The day holds a momentous place in our lives and all the people of Japan, who hold the view of no war attitude and maintaining peace. The day is observed across the world to create awareness among all the nations to stop the use of nuclear weapons.
The death rates at that time rose to 3,50000 of the population of Hiroshima and at least more than 70000 people died in Nagasaki. The radiation of the nuclear bombs caused many to die from the sickness in the following days or months. Survivors named Hibakusha faced the aftermath both physically and psychologically.
Although it ended the war, and Nagasaki became the last city to suffer from the nuclear attack, it has caused so much decimation that one could not even imagine in their wildest of nightmares. Once Albert Einstein said, “If I had foreseen Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I would have torn up my formula in 1905.”
Why did the devastation take place?
The destruction took place because of Japan who was at that time, helping Germany and attacked the US base Pearl Harbour. The US, being spiteful, chose the dates 6th and 9th August and dropped the two nuclear bombs from the American B-29 bomber on these beautiful cities.
The war had the least amount of casualties on the US side but it forced Japan to raise the white flag. The decimation wipes out the entire population at once and causes suffering to all the innocent people that till this day the effects of radiation can be seen.
The US also wanted to pay off the old scores and being revengeful the army attacked with the nuclear bomb which they had made in the Manhattan Project thus creating a response to the Pearl Harbor attack.
At last, on 15th August, the then emperor of Japan Hirohito surrendered in front of the US army by announcing it on the radio. The attack ended the war but the decimation was left to be estimated until the situation became clear to all.
How do we celebrate Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day?
Hiroshima and Nagasaki day is observed every year on 6th August and 9th August respectively by peacemakers all over the world. On this day, at Hiroshima Peace Memorial all the local citizens gathered and paid homage to the lives lost during the bombing.
Peace message lanterns are also held in the evening to commemorate the lives lost, everyone is welcomed to write messages and it is set to float down the Motoyasu River.
There also holds a united religion’s prayer inviting all to join for the good cause. There are many other good actions also taking place to mark this day like; crane making, origami, skits and plays, poetry readings, etc.
How do we mark Nagasaki Day in schools?
On this day, students and children all over the world take initiatives to spread the message of peace and plead with the nations of the world to stop the bellicose attitude against each other and live in tranquility. They also emphasized stopping the use of nuclear weapons and living in peace and harmony with them.
Children with the help of beautiful slogans, poetry, skits, and through lantern messages spread the message of harmony to all the heads of the nations to quell the anger with each other and follow the idea of living and let live.
We in this article have jotted down about Nagasaki Day and also mention its importance in the lives of people all over the world. Last year in 2020, Japan completed its 75 years of Hiroshima and Nagasaki day, where the world leaders remember the day as a down in history. We have also penned down the reason for such a drastic step by the US there seems no valid reason to destroy humanity. It will be remembered as the worst day in history and never be forgotten by posterity.