Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Origami Cranes for World Peace

There is a Japanese saying that whoever folds 1000 origami cranes gets a wish.

A young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki was 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped about 1 mile away from her home in Hiroshima. She was diagnosed with leukemia and was inspired by the Japanese sayingShe started folding cranes to wish for world peace.

Now 3rd grade students a Moses DeWitt have been folding the origami cranes to wish for world peace.

Photo credit: cnylink.com

The 1000 cranes will be sent to Mayor of Hiroshima, Tadatoshi Akiba. Children from all over the world have sent paper cranes in hopes for peace.

The cranes are placed at the foot of a statue Sasaki's statue. A plaque at the foot of the statue reads, “This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world.”

I found a picture of Sasaki on Flickr. Credit of picture belongs to Lisa Norwood.