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Ottawa (Canada), Aug 3: The bell of the iconic clock tower of Canada's parliament building will be rung to mark the 75 years that have passed since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Hiroshima A-bomb survivor Setsuko Thurlow revealed the plan at the annual World Conference against A and H Bombs, which met online on Sunday.
The largest bell in what is called Peace Tower in Ottawa, the country's capital, will be rung 75 times on August 6 and again on August 9. These are the dates on which atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively.
It will be the first time the bell has sounded in remembrance of the bombings.
Thurlow said efforts in Canada to commemorate victims of the bombings represent a rise in anti-nuclear awareness.
Thurlow was 13 years old when she experienced the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. She now lives in Canada, where she is active in the effort to bring about the abolition of nuclear weapons.
In 2017, Thurlow became the first "hibakusha," or survivor of an atomic bombing, to deliver a speech at a Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. She took part in the event at which the prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Source: NHK World