The 28th annual Hiroshima peace ceremony to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima was held on Aug. 7 at the peace bell fronting Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii.

The bell is a replica of the one in Hiroshima’s Peace Park. It was presented to the City and County of Honolulu by the Hiroshima Prefectural Government in 1985 to recognize the longstanding relationship between Honolulu and Hiroshima, which established a sister-city relationship in 1959. The bell was dedicated in 1990 and placed next to Izumo Taisha Shinto shrine. Since then, a commemoration and peace service has been held annually at the site.

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