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Re-Evaluating the Lessons of Hiroshima
Obama's visit inspires hope for a more holistic teaching of World War II

Shotaro Kodama, a survivor of Hiroshima bombing, speaks at the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Committee Discussion in Washington in 1997. (Roll Call file photo)

HIROSHIMA, Japan — President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima on Friday where he invoked the memory of “a flash of light and wall of fire” that destroyed the city during World War II.  

At a moving ceremony at the city’s Peace Memorial Park, Obama told an audience that included survivors of the 1945 atomic bombing that the tragic events of that fateful day should never be forgotten.