Japanese bells and Belarusian Kurapaty: How memorials unite people from all countries?

Japanese bells and Belarusian Kurapaty: How memorials unite people from all countries?

There are a lot of memorials worldwide. They are different, but all of them engender arguments. However, the only thing that matters is the people and their fates.

This place in Japan has its complicated story. American scientists foredoomed Hiroshima to timeless decease after the atomic bombing in 1945. But this city is still alive and has become a memorial to peace. Its aim is to make people abandon all the wars and weapons.

The ceremony of floating paper lanterns is made to commemorate people who tried to survive swimming cross the river.

Viacheslav Danilovich, director of Institute of History of the National Academy of sciences of Belarus:
The reminiscence of that tragic event unites the Japan nation. And this unity fosters the development of the society.

Great Britain remembers this event as well. Warriors who fought for different armies may make peace on the memory fields, which emerged throughout the country.

Igor Marzalyuk, chairman of the permanent commission on education, culture and science of the House of Representatives of Belarus, doctor of Historical Sciences, professor:
Each country, each nation has such memorials. The Spanish, for instance, built memorials to both sides of the Civil War.

Arlington National Cemetery is a memorial in the USA. Heroes of wars and battles who struggled on opposite sides of the barricades are buried there. Wailing Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, which is the part of the destroyed temple, was built in 1970.

A memorial in Kurapaty will surely become a place where all the disagreements will remain only in history, but people and their stories will remain in our memory and in our hearts.


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