The story of Sadako,
the 1000 cranes
Children's Peace Memorial
The story begins with the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki on
August 9, 1945.
Among those caught in the attack was a two year old girl named Sadako.
In the years after the war Sadako initially seemed to have survived without negative effects;
Despite being an active, athletic young woman, Sadako developed leukemia.
While receiving treatment for her illness she began folding origami cranes.
Amassing a total of 1000 such cranes was assumed to insure the granting of a wish-and Sadako desperately wanted to live.
Unfortunately, despite reaching her goal, she died at the age of sixteen.
Her classmates and friends continued folding cranes in her honour, then dedicated them as a prayer for peace.
A Childrens' Peace Memorial, the folded papercrane as one of its central motifs, was created in Hiroshima's Peace Park.
It was dedicated to the hundreds of child victims of the atomic bomb as an eternal prayer for a peaceful future world.
People from around the world began bringing their collections of a thousand paper cranes to the monument.
The cranes represent a concrete expression of personal or collective prayers for peace.
we are here by grace
we are meant to love
we will walk with hope
we will live for peace
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
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