Why Visiting Hiroshima Has Special Meaning to this Eagle Scout

Chip M. who will attend the Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima, Japan (Photo credit: Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group)

On August 6, one Eagle Scout will represent the BSA for an event in Hiroshima, Japan that could possibly be one of the most significant days in his fourteen years. Chip M. of the Mount Diablo Silverado Council will attend the 70th anniversary Peace Memorial Ceremony in remembrance of the atomic bomb in 1945. What’s more, Chip’s grandfather survived the blast.

“Everything was decimated,” said Chip’s dad, Rand, as he recounted his father’s first-hand account. “He looked toward the city, and nothing was there. He looked toward the hills, and everything was on fire. He said he was dumb enough to run toward the fire because that’s where his home was. And that’s why he survived. He ran away from the radiation.”

Just a mile from the epicenter of the explosion, Chip’s late grandfather was one of the few who survived the explosion.

After the war, Chip’s grandfather moved to California and lived there until he was 52. There, he not only started a Boy Scout troop at his church, but he also started a family tradition that carries on through Chip.

“I’m told there will be a special service,” Chip explained to Contra Costa Times. “They’ll say a few words, and then a bell will ring at the same time (8:15 a.m.) that the bomb was dropped. About 60 countries will have representatives there.”

Learn more about Chip’s meaningful visit to Hiroshima by reading the full story on Contra Costa Times.

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