The Japanese city of Hiroshima, devastated by a World War II atomic bomb, has backed the granting of world heritage site status to the D-Day landing beaches in France, a local official said.
Laurent Beauvais, president of Lower Normandy, said in a statement that the support by Hiroshima mayor Kazumi Matsui was a “message of hope and peace.”
If the bid is successful, the beaches will join sites that mark a dramatic moment in human history.
These include the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, Robben Island in South Africa where opponents of the apartheid regime were jailed, and the Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima.
The Normandy landings and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima each marked a major turning point in World War II.
In what remains the biggest amphibious assault in history, some 156,000 Allied personnel landed in France on June 6, 1944.
1. devastate v.
使荒蕪；毀壞 (shi3 huang1 wu2; hui3 huai4)
例: The city was devastated by an earthquake last year.
2. turning point n. phr.
轉捩點 (zhuan3 lie4 dian3)
例: I think he has come to the turning point of his career.
3. amphibious adj.
兩棲的 (liang3 qi1 de5)
例: Have you ever ridden on the amphibious bus in Kaohsiung?