Nagasaki Pledge Flame
In ancient Greece, all warfare was suspended and a sacred fire lit during the Olympic Game held every four years.
As a result, the Olympic Flame came to be regarded as a symbol of peace.
In August 1983, with the cooperation of government of Greece, a torch was lit from the sacred fire in Olympic and brought to Nagasaki, the last place on Earth to suffer the horror of nuclear destruction.
It was highly unusual for the Olympic Flame to be carries overseas for reasons other than the Olympic Games.
In 1987, a tower to enshrine and protected the Olympic Flame was built through efforts by local citizens, who pledge to keep the flame burning “until all nuclear weapons are eliminated worldwide”
The monument is imbued with the pledge that, as long as this flame is burning as a symbol of peace, nuclear war will never occur and Nagasaki will remain the last place to suffer the horror of nuclear destruction.
The wall around the tower is embellished with roof tile fragments exposed to heat of atomic bombing as well as ceramic plaques carrying peace message.