Remembering Hiroshima

Paper lanterns are released onto the Motoyasu River to commemorate the atomic bomb victims and pray for world peace beside the A-Bomb Dome on August 6, 2010 in Hiroshima, Japan, on the day of the 65th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing. (Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

Today marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of America's atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan during World War II. When the bomb was dropped, it changed the world forever, killing approximately 140,000 people.

For the first time, an American delegate attended the Hiroshima memorial ceremony, a decision largely welcomed by Tokyo. US Ambassador John Roos honored the victims of the bombing and raised hopes that president Barack Obama will visit the city when he attends a meeting of Apec leaders in Japan in November.

Some of the 55,000 people attending today's ceremony made symbolic offerings of water to the victims, as many had complained of thirst as they lay dying, while schoolchildren read out messages of peace. A single bell tolled as the city's people fell silent at 8:15am, the exact time "Little Boy" detonated. has released never before seen images from the bombings of those cities in the wake of the bombs being dropped. To view the images, click here.