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Tinian commemorates bombing of Hiroshima, Nagasaki

TINIAN on Wednesday joined Japan in commemorating the 73rd  anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (Aug.6) and Nagasaki (Aug. 9).

“[This] ceremony is not simply  a formality — it is an act of solidarity with others across the globe that are committed to peace,” Tinian Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas said at the Gandhi-King-Ikeda Peace Garden in San Jose.

“Our support for this cause has become especially important in the present day and age when images and news of armed conflicts flood our news,” the mayor said.

San Nicolas, who attended the Hiroshima peace memorial ceremony on Aug, 6, said he met with Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui and they both agreed to establish a sister-city relationship.

Tinian was the departure point of the American B-29s that dropped the atomic bombs on the two Japanese cities.

In his remarks on Wednesday, San Nicolas said the Tinian peace ceremony has become a standard ritual for the island community in August to remember the victims of armed conflict and to affirm their commitment to peace

“Although we are a small part of the global community, our involvement and experience during World War II makes our presence here today all the more meaningful and all the more fitting,” he said.

“Traumatic as that experience may have been for all who were involved, it also gave rise to the unique relationship that exists between the nation of Japan and the CNMI particularly Tinian and Aguigan,” he added.

In an interview, Japanese Consul Kinji Shinoda said the ceremony was well-attended.

He said it would be good if the municipal government of Tinian could initiate a three-sister-city relationship among Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Tinian and advocate for world peace.

While in Hiroshima, Mayor San Nicolas said he visited the peace memorial museum and was “truly touched by what I saw and by what I heard.”

San Nicolas, who is not seeking re-election, said he will encourage the future leaders of Tinian to continue the island’s annual peace ceremony.