City of Cockburn awarded commendation for commemorating Hiroshima Day


Japan's acting Consul-General, Toshio Ida, presents Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett with the Foreign Minister's Commendation.
Japan's acting Consul-General, Toshio Ida, presents Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett with the Foreign Minister's Commendation.

A Foreign Minister’s Commendation has been awarded to the City of Cockburn for its annual Hiroshima Day tribute and for its work in promoting the relationship between Japan and Australia.

The City holds a tree planting ceremony on Hiroshima Day each year, commemorating August 6, 1945, the day the atom bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

The aim of the ceremony is to educate students about history while promoting a world free of war.

Hundreds of trees have been planted by students and members of the City, together with the Consulate-General of Japan, and have become a symbol of the different ties linking Australia and Japan.

The City of Cockburn has also been a member of the Mayors for Peace movement since September 2011, joining with Fremantle to promote the total abolition of nuclear weapons.