Naha – On the evening of Aug. 22, 1944, the Tsushima Maru sank off Akuseki Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, as a result of a torpedo attack from a U.S. submarine, after leaving a port in Naha the previous day.
Nearly 1,500 individuals, consisting of hundreds of schoolchildren, were on board the vessel, with numerous passing away therefore of the attack.
Now, 76 years on, family members of the victims as well as others are fretted that the background of the sinking is fading from individuals’s memories, specifically amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
During an Aug. 22 occasion to note the 76th wedding anniversary, individuals wished the victims at a monolith in Naha. This year’s solution had a minimal number of individuals amidst the spread of the unique coronavirus.
After the individuals observed a minute of silence, Masakatsu Takara, 80, a survivor of the attack as well as head of a team functioning to stop the misfortune from being neglected, claimed in a speech, “While the memorial service was held under irregular circumstances this year, we’d like to send our prayers to the victims.”
Noting that Tsushima-maru Memorial Museum in Naha had actually dealt with a dive in the number of site visitors after it resumed complying with a short-term closure as a result of the pandemic, Takara claimed, “We must keep open Japan’s only war memorial museum focusing on children.” The gallery has actually shut once again since of gauges to take on the coronavirus.
Hisashi Teruya, 80, that shed his mommy as well as his older sis in the attack, claimed, “I wonder what my life would have been if they didn’t die in the attack. I hope the world will be a place without conflict.”
In Hiroshima Prefecture, where a comparable memorial occasion was held, Teruko Umemoto, 84, grieved for her buddies at institution that shed their lives in the attack. Umemoto was meant to be on board the Tsushima Maru however was informed to board one more ship in the nick of time.
“If I had been on board, I would have shared the same fate as others,” Umemoto claimed. “We must never allow wars.”
In the town of Uken on Amami Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, where numerous of the bodies cleaned onto land, neighborhood homeowners likewise used blossoms as well as quiet petitions in a memorial occasion on the exact same day.
According to the gallery, 1,484 of some 1,800 individuals aboard the ship shed their lives in the attack. Of the victims, 784 were schoolchildren.