paper cranes for Japan

Nancy and I had the opportunity to visit the World Trade Center memorial a couple of years ago. Inside we learned about Sadako Sasaki, a little girl who had contracted leukemia after being exposed to radiation when the US dropped the atom bomb in Hiroshima. Believing the story that if she could make a thousand paper cranes, her wish to live would be granted she set out to do just that. Unfortunately, she died before making the full thousand when she was only 12 years old, and yet her cranes became a symbol of peace and hope. After 9/11 her brother donated one of her cranes to the World Trade Center memorial as a reminder to seek peace.

It seems fitting to remember her now as Japan is experiencing such devastation. Let us keep them in our thoughts and prayers, sending cranes for hope and peace.

2 thoughts on “paper cranes for Japan

  1. Jim says:

    What a beautiful and refreshing reminder of what hope can do to impact the world even long after your passing. I hope I can make even a fraction of the impact that 12 year old girl made.

  2. nmramer says:

    I did a project in college where I made a mobile out of cranes. In Japanese culture, if you make a 1000 cranes a wish would come true or hope be granted. What if we all started making cranes? Maybe we could get enough to equal 1000?

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