MADISON (WKOW) -- 75 years ago, the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
Thursday, survivors, relatives and dignitaries honored the bombing victims and prayed for peace.
Part of the ceremony included releasing lanterns into the water at the Memorial Park in Hiroshina.
People in Madison joined in the remembrance effort. They floated lanterns on the Tenney Park Lagoon
Organizers say they want to remember the past, so we can work toward a more peaceful future.
"We'd like to see no nuclear weapons testing and we'd like the monies that are gonna put into upgrading our nuclear systems put back into our communities," said Ann Behrmann.
More than 70,000 people were killed on impact when the bomb fell on Hiroshima.