For years Sadako Sasaki’s paper crane have stood for as a symbol for peace. For those who don’t know Sadako Sasaki was only two when the atomic bombs were dropped over Japan. She was affected by leukemia because of it and later died at the age of 12. Believing in the Japanese legend that if you made a thousand paper cranes your wishes would be fulfilled, Sasaki was half way through her second batch of 1000 cranes that she succumbed to her disease. Her family has donated one of the cranes to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii.
Sadako Sasaki’s story is inspirational and bears testimony to the fact that war and nuclear bombs do no good to anyone. The biggest toll is the innocent civilians who only want a peaceful life and nothing more. Yuji Sasaki, a nephew of Sadako, handed over a crane folded by his deceased aunt to Paul DePrey, superintendent of the USS Arizona Memorial, in Hawaii.
This crane sent to Pearl Harbor is very special, it is one of the one of five kept by Sasaki’s brother, Masahiro Sasaki. It will be a part of the permanent exhibition at the Memorial center in about three months. The family is putting their past behind them and home that this gesture will go on to strengthen US-Japan ties. Clifton Truman Daniel, the eldest grandson of U.S. President Harry Truman is also instrumental in getting the crane to Hawaii. I suppose his recent visit to the memorial service in Japan must have triggered the thought.