House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) visited the Japanese city of Hiroshima Tuesday, making her the highest ranking member of the United States government to visit the city.

Pelosi laid flowers at the memorial of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, which occurred on August 6, 1945.

"The visit to Hiroshima is a powerful reminder of the destructiveness of war, underscoring the urgency for all nations to promote peace and to build a better world," Pelosi wrote in the site's guest book.

The House Speaker is in Japan for a G8 meeting of parliamentary leaders.