A Story of Peace

- - - 1000 Cranes of Hope

Story of the Peace Cranes

On August 6th of 1945, America dropped an atomic bomb unto Hiroshima. A girl named Sadako Sasaki had luckily escaped the wrath of its ruin. Although she did not received the full impact of the devastation, she did, in fact, was affected and got diagnosed with Leukemia. The ancient Japanese tradition of senbazuru promises that a person who folds 1000 cranes will be granted a wish, such as long life or recovery from illness; with this Sadako began to fold paper cranes when she was sent to the hospital, in hope of getting well again. She completed over 1000 cranes before she died on October 25, 1955; her wish of recovering from the sickness was not granted, but that was not her only wish, Sadako also wished and helped toward world peace: "I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world." --Sadako Sasaki

Hope and Peace

The 1000 Cranes of Hope Project

Her classmates felt deeply sad to lose their dear friend. They discussed what they could do for her, and came up with the idea of building a monument to Sadako and all the children killed by the atom bomb. Young people all over Japan helped collect money for the project. In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled in Hiroshima Peace Park. And since then, people from all over the world fold paper cranes and send them to the Sadako's monument in Hiroshima, in memory of Sadako and all children killed through wars.