Bud and Gladys Langley in Hiroshima
|Bud and Gladys Langley - husband: former Thai-Burma
Bud Langley was a POW on the Thai-Burma Railway.
|He has carried mental scars and hated Japanese people
for over 50 years because of the ill treatment he received there.
His friend persuaded him to meet Keiko. On meeting her, he was surprised
that he did not hate her and decided, with his wife Gladys, to join
a visit of reconciliation. They wrote Agape the following letter after
coming back from Japan. "What a happy time we had in Japan! Wherever
we went we were met with nothing but kindness and smiling faces, hands
held out in friendship. After more than 50 years of carrying about
in our hearts feelings of resentment and hatred towards the Japanese
people, for their cruel and inhuman treatment of FEPOWs, we found
ourselves actually liking them, we really did. Those we met are truly
sorry for the sins of the past and the Agape movement for reconciliation
is doing wonderful work."