Do some good – Thoughts on Peace

Posted: August 9, 2013 in Events, Exhibitions

We love when we do business with companies who really care. One of the companies we are currently working with, Crowe Productions, knew about our 1000 Cranes for Peace Challenge for our upcoming exhibition, Building Peace and sent us this powerful message from one of their friends.

Post written by Rob Kellough on August 6th, the Anniversary of the devastating bombing on Hiroshima.

It’s odd to have a personal connection to one of the worst things to have ever happened in history, but I do and on this day, August 6th, I would like to share it with you.

My late father was stationed in Japan during the Korean conflict and at one point traveled with a group of fellow officers to Hiroshima. What he saw there moved him so deeply that he organized a fundraiser to help rebuild the Buddhist temple that was at ground zero. Some weeks later, he received a package in the mail…a piece of a roof tile from the temple.

Piece of Buddhist Temple roof

Piece of Buddhist Temple Roof

You can clearly see the smooth section that was covered by an overlapping tile and the pitted, bubbled section that was exposed to the thermal blast. It melted stone into glass. Now, imagine what it did to people.

I won’t discuss whether dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was right or wrong. It was simply the ultimate act of violence in a horrible war.
Please just take a moment to remember all those who have died and are dying in senseless conflicts round the world and if you get a chance, do some good.

Thank you for sharing your story with us Rob and for your great message to “do some good”. 

You are also invited to share your stories and emotions with us as part of our Building Peace exhibition and our permanent photo exhibition, Requiem. Please visit the Diefenbunker website for additional information.

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Comments
  1. Rob Kellough says:

    I’m glad you found this story worth sharing! Would the museum be interested in displaying the actual piece? I have always thought it should be in a collection and would be proud to donate it in my father’s memory (Col. Douglas A. Kellough, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.

    Thanks,
    Rob Kellough

    • Hi Rob,
      Thank you for sharing this story with us. It is quite moving and fits in perfectly with our Building Peace Exhibition. Thank you even more for your generous offer for us to add it to our collection. I will send you an email and connect you with our Collections Manager.
      Note: I updated the spelling of your name!

      Many thanks again,
      Kelly and the Diefenbunker Team

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