For this Mother's Day, we are in Hiroshima, Japan, the site of the dropping of the first atomic bomb. Although the city was once a site of death and destruction beyond what we could ever imagine, the message here now is one of peace.
Michiko, our volunteer goodwill guide at the Hiroshima Peace Park, explained how her mother was a survivor of the atomic bomb. Her mother told her how, as a young girl, she ran through the rubble shortly after the bomb trying to her sister, Michiko's aunt. Her search was in vain, her sister was dead. Michiko's voice cracked as she relayed her mother's stories — of the completeness of the destruction she saw everywhere, of people begging for water on the streets, some literally dying of thirst.
But as Michiko shared the story of what happened to her family in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, she carried an even more important message for all of us today — one of peace. As she explained it, her mother instilled in her that we should all work together for peace, to prevent war, to prevent events like the atomic bomb from ever happening again.
With each mother's wish for peace in a world that she passes on to her children, we hope we are getting one step closer to a more peaceful world.
So to our mothers who are far, far away from us today, and to all moms out there, we wish you a very Happy Mother's Day.