Published Monday, 05 October 2020
The cities of Coventry and Hiroshima have celebrated their friendship and their continuing work for peace.
A service was held at Coventry Cathedral in August to mark the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs that decimated Hiroshima and Nagasaki and killed thousands.
As part of the service, Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Ann Lucas, presented a certificate of friendship to the people of Hiroshima.
Due to coronavirus restrictions, the Japanese Ambassador was unable to attend and the certificate was accepted by Dr Miho Taka of Coventry University and Yui Taka-Hussan, a student of Finham Park School.
It was then sent to the Hiroshima Coventry Friendship Club, which was then able to formally hand the certificate to the Mayor of Hiroshima Kazumi Matsui at the City Hall of Hiroshima.
Coventry and Hiroshima have been linked for many years through their work for peace. Coventry commemorates the anniversary of the bombing every year on 6 August, and the two cities work together through Mayors for Peace to bring an end to nuclear weapons.
In accepting the certificate, Mayor Matsui emphasised the role of citizens in peace building and hoped that the Coventry Friendship Club’s activities would develop.
Lord Mayor Cllr Ann Lucas said: “I am delighted that our certificate of friendship has been presented in Hiroshima. Obviously, with the problems of COVID-19, we were unable to welcome guests to our annual service, but it is a day that we will always remember and the certificate is an important symbol of our friendship.
“We are proud to work with the city and the people of Hiroshima to spread our message of peace and reconciliation. This year we mark 75 years since the end of the Second World war, 75 years since the horrors of the atomic bombs and 80 years since the Blitz on our own city.
“It seems so long ago, but no matter how many years pass, we must always remember and we must use our stories to bring others together in peace and friendship.”
You can learn more about the links between the two cities and the work for peace on the Lord Mayor’s Committee For Peace and Reconciliation website.