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On the Wings of Peace

On the Wings of Peace

This is based on the story of Sadako Sasaki. She was a child growing up in Hiroshima, Japan when the bomb was dropped there. She developed radiation tumors and went to the hospital. While there she learned of a Japanese legend, if you build 1,000 paper cranes, you are granted one wish. She started building. She used medicine wrappers and napkins, everything she could find. She reached her goal of 1,000, and she wished for peace. She didn’t wish to extend her life, she wished for nothing selfish. She wished people would not do this to others. She died at age 12, and was buried with some of the cranes. Her parents kept some of the cranes as well. They send them to places affected by war, such as the 9/11 site in New York City. Her story touched me so much I had to do a painting in her honor.