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Sadako Sasaki Paper Crane Presentation

Rare origami crane to be donated at August 5th ceremony at Historic Wendover Airfield

Historic Wendover Airfield is pleased to host representatives from the Sasaki family who will donate a rare paper origami crane. Wendover will be 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 donating one of the few remaining original paper cranes to Historic Wendover Airfield on August 5th, 2017. This is a symbol of the hope for peace among all people and the ceremony is neither an apology nor a condemnation for events during World War II between the two countries.

The museum at Wendover will be open all day from 9 AM to 5 PM, and tours of the airfield will be given from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The ceremony will be held in the B-29 hangar on the field which was used by the 509th Composite Group during WW II. This will begin promptly at 1:00 PM and will last approximately one hour.


"All Access" Tour

The Historic Wendover Airfield Executive Committee will be hosting an all access tours of the airfield. Please click on the "TOURS" link in the menu to the right for more details.


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Address: 345 S. Airport Apron, Wendover, UT 84083

Hours of Operation: The operations center, fueling service and pilots lounge are all open from 8:00am to 6:30pm - 7 days a week. Museum hours are Monday to Friday, 11:00am to 4:00pm. Saturday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.  Closed on Sunday.

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