Most kids have had Sadako Sasaki's story read to them at some point of their schooling. For those of you unfamiliar:
Sadako was 2 years old when the US dropped the A-bomb over Hiroshima in 1945. In spring 1955 at age 11, like many other children she became sick and diagnosed with Leukemia, which people from Hiroshima called 'the A-Bomb disease'. She heard a story that if you fold a thousand paper cranes a wish is granted. She folded more than a thousand, but her wish to recover was not granted and she died in October that year at age 12. Three years later the 'Children's Peace Memorial' was erected in her name.
On Saturday I am visiting Hiroshima, specifically the Peace Memorial Museum. I am equal parts excited and scared. The story moved me as a child who couldn't possibly process the extent of World War 2. A child who hadn't seen pictures of Hiroshima flattened. A child who couldn't even imagine what would happen one September morning in her twentieth year.
Here's my proposal. I am going to leave some paper cranes at the memorial statue this weekend. I am extending an invitation that I write your name/blog and country on a crane that I leave at the site. Hiroshima is not a place everyone will have the chance to visit in their lifetime and I would like to act in lieu of you, should you wish it.
I am not pushing a political agenda. Just extending my hope for peace and memorialising all the children that have been lost to conflict. If this is something you would be interested in please leave that info in the comments section of this post or email me (if that makes you feel more comfortable). You do need to ensure this is done by Friday morning (US time) to have your name on one of the cranes. I will take photos and post them here next week.
Update: Would people please consider tweeting about this so that people are aware that they can be included? Thank you.