Family members of 9/11 victims visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

by Yoko Nitta, Staff Writer

On July 27, two members of "Peaceful Tomorrows," an organization founded by family members of the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States, and other supporters, visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, the hypocenter of the world's first nuclear attack.

The two are Robyn Bernstein, 47, who lost her mother in the terrorist attacks and Nancy Meyer, 52, whose sister-in-law was on board one of the hijacked airplanes that day. Among their guides was Takaaki Morikawa, 71, who will serve as a peace ambassador of the Never Again Campaign (NAC), an effort to convey the message of the A-bomb survivors by traveling through the United States and staying with host families.

They visited such places as the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Ms. Meyer expressed sympathy with the family members of A-bomb victims and said that, though the scale of the attacks was different, in both cases innocent civilians became victims.

(Originally published on July 28, 2010)