U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy Visits Nagasaki Memorial

The Ambassador laid a wreath at the Nagasaki memorial, paying tribute to those who died in the terrible massacre of the Second World War. The memorial, located at the Peace Park in Nagasaki, western Japan, commemorates the 73,000 fallen soldiers and civilians.

The only living daughter of former United States President John F. Kennedy was warmly greeted by the residents of the city. She went on a tour around the Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki, on Tuesday, where she met some of the atomic bomb survivors.

She helped plant an American dogwood tree, just one of the 3,000 offered to japan as a gift of friendship.

Years before she became U.S. ambassador in Tokyo, Caroline Kennedy, together with her uncle Edward Kennedy went on a visit to the place of the first U.S. bomb attack from Aug.6, 1945, in Hiroshima, which killed 140,000 people, the Mail Online reports.

Kennedy has been Japan’s U.S. Ambassador since November this year. During her busy first month on the job, the U.S. Ambassador also visited an American military base and numerous northeastern cities affected by earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

According to the statistics at the Peace Park Nagasaki, The Fat Man atomic bomb killed 73,000 people, injured 75,000 and other hundreds of thousands were sickened by radiation.

Currently, there are 450,000 people living in Nagasaki, with an economy sustained by international trading and fishing.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE