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3-2-1-8Memorials and Mourning

A cenotaph constructed near the A-bomb Dome
1952 Photo by Yuichiro Sasaki Courtesy of Yugo Shioura

In the month following the bombing, simple grave markers were erected throughout Hiroshima to mourn those who died in the bombing. Some neighborhoods held Buddhist 49th-day memorial services. In 1946, Hiroshima City joined other public organs to build a war victims memorial in the Nakajima district. Stone cenotaphs were gradually constructed throughout the city. The Memorial Monument for Hiroshima, City of Peace (Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims) was constructed in Peace Memorial Park in 1952; the Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound in 1955.