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Yokota Air Base, Japan, Honor Guardsmen present the colors during the 47th annual B-29 Memorial Ceremony, at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019.

Yokota Air Base, Japan, Honor Guardsmen present the colors during the 47th annual B-29 Memorial Ceremony, at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019. The ceremony takes place to honor the lives of those who perished during a bombing raid over Shizuoka City during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

A Yokota Air Base Airman pours Bourbon over the American B-29 memorial monument during the 47th annual B-29 Memorial Ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019.

A Yokota Air Base Airman pours Bourbon over the American B-29 memorial monument during the 47th annual B-29 Memorial Ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019. The whiskey is poured from the Blackened Canteen as a symbol of a final shared drink with departed comrades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

Japanese locals pour sake on the Japanese B-29 memorial monument during the 47th annual B-29 Memorial Ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019.

Japanese locals pour sake on the Japanese B-29 memorial monument during the 47th annual B-29 Memorial Ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019. The sake is poured on the monument as a symbol of a final shared drink with departed comrades. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

Dr. Hiroya Sugano, B-29 Memorial Ceremony host, speaks during the ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019.

Dr. Hiroya Sugano, B-29 Memorial Ceremony host, speaks during the ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019. Sugano spoke about the importance of conducting memorial rituals and how ceremonies can bring everyone one step closer to world peace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

Col. Jason Mills, 374th Airlift Wing vice commander, speaks during the ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019.

Col. Jason Mills, 374th Airlift Wing vice commander, speaks during the ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019. Mills spoke about the close bond that has been forged since the start of the ceremony, and the importance of remembering the sacrifices made and how the continued work will protect the resulting peace. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

Members of the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan, shake hands with surviving family members of the Japanese Imperial Army during the 47th annual B-29 Memorial Ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019.

Members of the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base, Japan, shake hands with surviving family members of the Japanese Imperial Army during the 47th annual B-29 Memorial Ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019. Since 1972, Yokota Airmen and Japanese citizens have come together to honor those who lost their lives in an air raid, and subsequent B-29 crash, over Shizuoka City during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

Attendees of the 47th annual B-29 Ceremony take part in an incense offering ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019.

Attendees of the 47th annual B-29 Ceremony take part in an incense offering ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019. Flowers, incense, and prayers were offered to the B-29 aircrew and Japanese civilians who lost their lives during a bombing raid over Shizuoka City in World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

Airman 1st Class Veronica Hambel, 374th Security Forces Squadron patrolman (front), and Airman 1st Class John Mutiso, 374th Maintenance Operations Squadron documentation apprentice, lay flowers at the base of the Japanese memorial statue during the 47th annual B-29 Memorial Ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019.

Airman 1st Class Veronica Hambel, 374th Security Forces Squadron patrolman (front), and Airman 1st Class John Mutiso, 374th Maintenance Operations Squadron documentation apprentice, lay flowers at the base of the Japanese memorial statue during the 47th annual B-29 Memorial Ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019. Flowers, incense, and prayers were offered to the B-29 aircrew and Japanese civilians who lost their lives during a bombing raid over Shizuoka City in World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

Dr. Hiroya Sugano, B-29 Memorial Ceremony host (left), and Col. Jason Mills, 374th Airlift Wing vice commander, take part in an incense offering ceremony during the 47th annual B-29 Ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019.

Dr. Hiroya Sugano, B-29 Memorial Ceremony host (left), and Col. Jason Mills, 374th Airlift Wing vice commander, take part in an incense offering ceremony during the 47th annual B-29 Ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019. Flowers, incense and prayers were offered to the B-29 aircrew and Japanese civilians who lost their lives during a bombing raid over Shizuoka City in World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

Lt. Col. Cataleya Carlson, 36th Airlift Squadron commander, waters a dogwood tree during the 47th annual B-29 Memorial Ceremony, at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019.
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Lt. Col. Cataleya Carlson, 36th Airlift Squadron commander, waters a dogwood tree during the 47th annual B-29 Memorial Ceremony, at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019. Over 100 years ago, Japan donated 3,000 cherry blossom trees to the United States as a gesture of friendship, and the U.S. returned the gesture in 2012 by donating 3,000 Dogwood trees to Japan. There are two located on the shrine grounds. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

Flowers and Sake rest at the base of the Japanese B-29 memorial monument at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019.
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Flowers and Sake rest at the base of the Japanese B-29 memorial monument at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019. The flowers were placed at the monument to recognize the victims who lost their lives in an B-29 air raid, and subsequent air craft collision, over Shizuoka City during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

Staff Sgt. David Wuchter, U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific trumpeter, renders ‘Taps’ during the 47th annual B-29 Memorial Ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019.
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Staff Sgt. David Wuchter, U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific trumpeter, renders ‘Taps’ during the 47th annual B-29 Memorial Ceremony at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019. Since 1972 Yokota Airmen and Japanese citizens have joined together to honor those who lost their lives during a B-29 air raid, and subsequent air craft collision, over Shizuoka City during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)

SHIZUOKA CITY, Japan -- Yokota Air Base, Japan, Honor Guardsmen present the colors during the 47th annual B-29 Memorial Ceremony, at Sengen Shrine in Shizuoka City, Japan, June 22, 2019. The ceremony takes place to honor the lives of those who perished during a bombing raid over Shizuoka City during World War II. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gabrielle Spalding)