Thousands attend WWII memorial service in Japan (12 images)

More than 6,000 people attended a memorial service honoring those who died in World War II during a state-sponsored ceremony in Tokyo on Tuesday, the anniversary of Japan's surrender in 1945.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a speech expressing remorse for Japan's role in the war. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko also attended.
Updated: Aug. 15, 2017 at 10:06 AM
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Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko bow to the altar. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) also bows. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
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Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) delivers his remarks with Empress Michiko. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
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Bereaved families of the war dead offer flowers during the service. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
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"Reflecting on our past and bearing in mind the feelings of deep remorse, I earnestly hope that the ravages of war will never be repeated," said Japan's Emperor Akihito. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
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Japan's Empress Michiko (L) talks to Emperor Akihito during the memorial service. There are talks of the leaders possibly abdicating the throne in 2018. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during the service as Emperor Akihito looks on. Abe expressed remorse for Japan's role in the war. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows to Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
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