NAGASAKI : With the surviving leader of a wooden Virgin Mary statue as the centerpiece, a parade of around 1,000 light bearers here on Aug. 9 denoted the 71st commemoration of the nuclear shelling of Nagasaki.
Delicate lights filled the 800-meter parade course from Urakami Cathedral to Nagasaki Peace Park for the function.
The wooden head, called "Shelled Mary," was all that stayed of the statue after the nuclear bomb leveled the city in 1945. The head has subsequent to wind up an image of peace and trust.
"I need to pass on significance of peace," said Kiyomi Morinaga, a 75-year-old Roman Catholic pious devotee.