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Sadako Sasaki Paper Crane Presentation

Rare origami crane was donated on August 5, 2017 in a ceremony at Historic Wendover Airfield

Historic Wendover Airfield was host to representatives from the Sasaki family who donated a rare paper origami crane. Wendover Airfield is one of only 6 sites in the United States which have received such a gift from the Sasaki Family, and the only Manhattan Project site to receive this honor.

Sadako Sasaki was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. When she was twelve, she developed leukemia and was hospitalized. A Japanese legend says if a person folds 1,000 origami paper cranes they will be granted a wish. Sadako and her family and friends folded 1,300 cranes before she died in October 1955. The practice of folding cranes has become a symbol of peace and origami cranes are often folded and sent to victims as a symbol of hope and recovery.

Sadako Sasaki's family is donated one of the few remaining original paper cranes to Historic Wendover Airfield as a symbol of the hope for peace among all people.  The ceremony was neither an apology nor a condemnation for events during World War II between the two countries.



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