Reid Dennis (pictured right) wasamong some of the first service mento witness, first hand, the destruc-tion in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hehas generously shared these photosfrom his personal collection.
October 1945, roughly two monthsafter the bombing. Few buildingswere left standing. The now famousGenbaku dome can be seen in thebackground.
Today, the dome still stands as itdid in 1945 as a reminder of thedevastation brought by use ofnuclear weapons.Rog01/Flickr
Hiroshima City Hall was anotherbuilding that survived the blast withheavy damage that was exacerbatedby fire.
It is estimated that between 90,000to 166,000 people were killed bythe blasts immediate effects. Moresuffered the long-term effects ofradioactive fallout.
The Children’s Peace Monument atHiroshima Peace Memorial Parkis inspired by Sadako Sasaki who,at age two, survived the blast butcontracted leukemia ten years lateras a result of radiation exposure.The crane she holds has become asymbol for peace and disarmament.Jonathan Moreau
Late 1945, Mr. Dennis also traveledto Nagasaki.
The Nagasaki Hypocenter markspoint on the ground below theepicenter of the Nagasaki bomb.JoshBerglund19/flickr
It is estimated that 60,000 to 80,000people were killed by the initialeffects of the bombing.
Help us fold 1,000 paper cranes and send a message that this kind of destruction can never happen again.Download our crane instructions andwatch our video folding guide. Post yourcrane for everyone to see. ploughshares.org A very special thank you to Mr. Dennis for sharing these photos.