A prisoner later told what happened:
Four o'clock, the final hour of Hara-kiri; the Commanding General, dressed in full field uniform, and the Chief of Staff in a white kimono appeared. . .
The Chief of Staff says as he leaves the cave first, 'Well, Commanding General Ushijima, as the
way may be dark, I, Cho, will lead the way.'
The Commanding General replies, 'Please do so, and I'll take along my fan since it is getting warm.'
Saying this, he picked up his Okinawa-made Kuba fan and walked out quietly fanning himself. . .
Finally, the time for the honored rites of Hara-kiri arrives. At this time several grenades were hurled near this solemn scene by the enemy troops who observed movement taking place beneath them. A simultaneous shout and a flash of a sword, then another repeated shout and a flash, and both Generals had nobly accomplished their last duty to their Emperor. . .
All is quite after the cessation of gunfire and smoke. Hill 89 of Mabuni will live in memory forever."
In May of 1972, the area was designated and named Peace Memorial Park. The Okinawa Peace Memorial Hall stands in the center of the park. As plans and arrangements were being made for the park, many memorials were constructed by the bereaved families and war comrades from each prefecture. This site represents the center of the battlefield. On Mabuni Hill itself there are about 39 memorials (as of March 1992), including Reimei-no-to and the National War Dead Peace Mausoleum. A memorial service is held every year by the Okinawa Prefecture on June 23, "Comfort Day."
The Peace Memorial Museum and "Suicide" Cliffs are located next to Mabuni Hill memorial park. The museum is not visited as frequently by Japanese tourists. This is supposedly because the museum tells the truth about Japan's role during the war. It's an extremely sobering and very informative visit, and at times sad.
After the museum, you walk to an area where you see the cliffs that people threw themselves off of in 1945. Then, a walk through Mabuni Hill memorial park, where separate memorial sites have been built by different groups and organizations. Each one is beautiful and different, some very simple and others extravagant.
In 1995, the Cornerstones of Peace was opened to the public. This memorial park, next to Mabuni Hill, lists all military personnel, American and Japanese, who died during the battle.