Thousands mark Hiroshima anniversary with floating lantern ceremony

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Thousands commemorated the 71st anniversary of an atomic bombing dropped on Hiroshima by US, with a peace ceremony on Saturday. Colorful floating lanterns were sent from the banks of the Motoyasu River in Hiroshima Peace Park. The participants wrote messages for a peaceful future on the lanterns, before floating them along the river, which is a traditional Japanese custom for the deceased.