Sitting on a shaded, wooden bench in Nagasaki’s Peace Park, I gazed at a line of schoolchildren parading past in matching blue pants and pressed white collared shirts. They shouted “Hello!” in my direction, practicing their English. Smiling, I returned their “hello” and waved, sending them into a fit of giggles. I was taking a moment of reflection after touring the Atomic Bomb Museum and Memorial for Peace, ruminating in the greenery that now surrounds the Fat Man atomic bomb’s point of impact in Nagasaki on 9 August 1945.
To Carry the Weight of Nagasaki
By Ensign Heidi Zisselman, U.S. Navy