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A peace rally and memorial service was held for the Hiroshima bombing at Confederation Landing Park Monday.
As the world marked the 67th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, some people in P.E.I. gathered Monday in the hope that something like it never happens again.
Yasumasa Koiwai, a Japanese exchange student who attended a rally in Charlottetown, said it wasn't a question of whether using the atomic bomb was right or wrong.
"A lot of people were already killed so we must learn about the mistakes," he said.
About 100 people gathered in Confederation Landing Park Monday to mark the anniversary of the first use of an atomic weapon against a civilian population.
On Aug. 6, 1945, an American bomber dropped its payload on Hiroshima, killing as many as 140,000 people.
The Americans dropped another bomb on Nagasaki three days later.
Every year for the last eight years the Island Peace Committee has held a rally to mark the anniversary of the Hiroshima attack.
Koiwai said it's important to mark the event because the attack killed a lot of people.
"We never forget the event," he said.
Hirokazu Mitsimura, a Japanese studies professor at UPEI who spoke at the rally, said prayer is the source of peace and a way to destroy all fear.
"Let no more children fall victim to an atomic bombing," he said.
During his speech, Mitsimura sent out a plea for the people of the world to put a stop to war, but said the question is how to do that because people cause war.
"How and with what can we extinguish the flame of hatred," he said.
Misha Dauphinais-Matheson, a volunteer with the Island Peace Committee, said the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima were two of the most destructive acts of war in history.
"It's important to recognize that that happened and that those sorts of senseless acts of war against innocent civilians are still happening today," he said.
Even though the bombings were 67 years ago, Dauphinais-Matheson said it's important to get people together to just deliver a message of peace.
"That's the impact we're looking for is to just remind those individuals who are looking for peace that they're not alone and that we're striving towards that as much as possible."