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Kure Port Festival Strengthens International Understanding
By SGT Patrick McGee
296th Army Band
Another enriching aspect of the trip was that Kure is located near Hiroshima. Many members of the band took advantage of this proximity and visited this famous city. Hiroshima is forever etched into public consciousness not only for its history and military significance, but also for its world famous Peace Park. Band members who visited were no doubt moved by the experience, and it is fitting that a tour dedicated to international relations and cooperation should include a visit to this historic city.
The 296th Army Band is grateful to their Japanese musical counterparts, and the city of Kure for the opportunity to participate in this festival.