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Hiroshima on August 6, 2001

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi of Japan visited the annual Hiroshima Memorial Service for the Dead and the Peace Memorial Ceremony at the Peace Memorial Park in 2001. There was a moment of silence and a release of doves. Hiroshima’s Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba gave a “Peace Declaration,” and children gave a “Commitment to Peace.”

Prime Minister Koizumi stated, “Being the only country ever to have experienced nuclear devastation, Japan observes its Peace Constitution, firmly maintaining the Three Non-Nuclear Principles. Japan is also continuing to appeal to the international community for the abolition of nuclear weapons and realization of a permanent peace so that the horrors of nuclear weapons never be repeated.”

2001

Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba’s Peace Declaration 2001

BBC News photos of Hiroshima August 6, 2001

Hiroshima Memorial Service Washington Post

Japan marks 56th anniversary of Hiroshima USA Today

Education

Hiroshima and Peace program for undergraduate and graduate students

General

Children’s Peace Monument Tower of a Thousand Cranes

Hiroshima Peace Site   Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Website

Hiroshima Peace Media Center

Media

Message from Hiroshima Official Trailer narrated by George Takei

George Takei’s Hiroshima part 1

George Takei’s Hiroshima, Japan part 2 George Takei Remembers

George Takei’s Hiroshima, Japan part 3 Reconnecting with Family

Books

The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw, 2016

 

 

Nagasaki on August 9, 2001

Mayor Itcho Ito of Nagasaki City read “The Nagasaki Peace Declaration” and warned that “the nuclear threat is now on the verge of expanding into space.” Ms. Sanae Ikeda, an atomic bomb survivor, gave a “Commitment to Peace” and a children’s choir sang “Kora no Mi Tamayo” (“The Spirit of Our Children”).

Prime Minister Koizumi stated, “Being the only country ever to have experienced nuclear devastation, Japan observes its Peace Constitution, firmly maintaining the Three Non-Nuclear Principles. Japan is also continuing to appeal to the international community for the abolition of nuclear weapons and realization of a permanent peace so that the horror of nuclear weapons may never again be repeated.”

Prime Minister Koizumi noted, “As regards the atomic bomb victims, I will continue to devote myself wholeheartedly to promoting support measures while taking into full consideration the circumstances of the atomic bomb victims who are advancing in years.”

After the end of the ceremony, Prime Minister Koizumi went to Megumi no Oka, a nursing home in Nagasaki, and visited some of the patients.

Nagasaki Peace Declaration

Prime Minister Koizumi visits Nagasaki 2001

Memorial prayers at Holy Trinity Church, Nagasaki on the anniversary of the atomic bombing August 2001

Trauma affecting health of Nagasaki atomic bomb survivors Japan Times, August 4, 2001

        Mayors for Peace August 2001

National Veterans Awareness Week November 2001

President George W. Bush, XLIII, proclaimed November 11, 2001, as Veterans Day. He encouraged all Americans to observe November 11 through November 17, 2001, as National Veterans Awareness Week.

President George W. Bush, XLIII, 2001-2009                                                              Proclamation 7491–Veterans Day, 2001
October 30, 2001 

Why Memorial Day is Different from Veterans Day    The Washington Post

Anthem Veteran’s Memorial  WGN-TV Chicago

Pearl Harbor Memorial on December 7, 2001

President George Bush marked the 2001 anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by declaring December 7 as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. He flew to Virginia to give a speech aboard the USS Enterprise. He focused mainly on the threat of terrorism, but commented on the current relationship of Japan and the United States saying,

“Today our two navies are working side by side in the fight against terror. The bitterness of 60 years ago has passed away. The struggles of our war in the Pacific now belong to history.”

transcript of President Bush’s speech from Washington Post

USS ARIZONA  MEMORIAL  Oahu, Hawaii

The state of Hawaii and local businesses helped 600 New York City police officers, fire and family members of victims of September 11 attend the Pearl Harbor memorial services. The USS Arizona Memorial was closed to the public for ceremonies for Pearl Harbor survivors, their families, and guests. Twenty-one survivors from the USS Arizona attended with other veterans of Pearl Harbor, many wearing garrison caps with their ships’ names. Flowers were tossed “into the water to float amid the rainbow of oil still leaking from the USS  Arizona.” 

source A Date Which Will Live

Southeast Missourian article

NATIONAL MEMORIAL CEMETERY Punchbowl Crater Honolulu, Hawaii

Remembrances at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater began at 10 a.m., The ceremony included “missing man” and B-52 bomber fly-overs, wreath laying, a joint color guard and a Marine Corps artillery salute.

Widows, children and other family members of rescue workers killed on September 11 were invited to the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association ceremony on Dec. 7 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl.

The director Gene Castagnetti said, “Hopefully, they can look to the Pearl Harbor survivors as an example of how to cope with this burden that they will carry for the rest of their lives.”  They “could learn from the Pearl Harbor survivors and from the family members of those who did not survive about how to cope with that loss, knowing that to honor the spirit of your loved one, they would want you to go on and live the ideals of this nation.”    quoted from Honolulu Star Bulletin, December 2, 2001

60th anniversary

60th anniversary public events

60 Years Later, Pearl Harbor’s Arizona Haunts Visitors

HistoryNet.com Pearl Harbor

This year 2016 is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. For more information, check this website, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2016

9-11 Memorials

This page is a work in progress, but for now, here are some links:

From Scholastic     Understanding September 11

From ALSC      Dealing with the Tragic Events of September 11, 2001

Talking to Children about 9-11 from the 9-11 memorial website

Reaction to 9/11   History Channel

article about the Unsung Hero of 9-11, Betty Ong

9-11 Memorial

9-11 Tribute Center

Flight 93 National Memorial Pennsylvania

National 9-11 Pentagon Memorial

Tower of Lights in New York City

Journey of Survivor Tree New York City

last living thing to leave that site; pear tree

the red envelope

museum

 

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2016

This year 2016 is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. For more information, check this website, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day 2016

Abe offers ‘everlasting condolences’ at Pearl Harbor as Obama praises partnership in peace  Japan Times

ISS International Space Station

image credit:  NASA   Facilities around the world support the operation and management of the International Space Station.
 
 The United States., Russia, Canada, Japan, and the participating countries of the European Space Agency launched the International Space Station (ISS) in 1998. It is the largest space station ever constructed. Additions continue to be assembled in orbit. Astronauts from 15 countries have visited the ISS to date. It is a growing international collaboration.

For more information about the International Space Station check here.

Follow The International Space Station on Facebook.

To view the ISS in the night sky check NASA Skywatch Sightings at Spot the Station

videos from the ISS and a musical about the ISS can be found at the ISS Video Library

Search for the video Story Time from Space

Story Time From Space video can also be found on Youtube

Story Time from Space a non-profit education foundation

NASA Kids’ Club

PBS list of Space Books