Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa has held a ceremony to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the end of a fierce ground battle during the final stages of World War Two.
About 5,100 people took part in the event at the Peace Memorial Park in the city of Itoman on Sunday. They held a minute-long silent prayer at noon.
Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa is commemorating the 74th anniversary of the end of a fierce ground battle during the final stages of World War Two.
Bereaved families and others have been gathering since early Sunday morning at the Peace Memorial Park in the city of Itoman to pay their respects.
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Okinawa Prefecture in southwestern Japan has marked the 73rd anniversary of the end of a battle that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the closing days of World War Two.
The prefecture held a ceremony on Saturday at the Peace Memorial Park in the city of Itoman. About 5,100 took part. At noon, they offered a one-minute silent prayer.