The girl of a thousand cranes
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It was during World War II and the President
of the United States ordered the atomic bombs
to be built in secret and to be dropped on Japan.
In August of 1945, US soldiers flew over
Japan and dropped atomic bombs on both
Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Bombing of Hiroshima
The world will note that the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a
military base. That was because we wished in this first attack to avoid,
insofar as possible, the killing of civilians.
— Harry S. Truman, in a speech from the White House, Aug 9, 1945.
This quote made by president Truman does not tell the truth of the bombing of
Hiroshima. In truth many people died not just from the initial explosion, but
also from the After math some even years later. Many people men, woman
and even children who were exposed to radiation developed what they called
the “atom bomb disease” or leukemia. One such person was a young girl by
the name of Sadako Sasaki.
Hiroshima: 90,000 to 140,000
Most death happened after the bombings due to
radiation and burns….
People even suffer from these bombings today
Sadako was born on January 7, 1943.
She lived near Misasa Bridge in
Hiroshima Japan. She was only two
years old when the atomic bomb was
dropped on Hiroshima on August 6,
As she grew up, Sadako was a strong,
courageous and athletic girl. However
in 1955 at age 11, while practicing for
a big race, she became dizzy and fell
to the ground. Sadako was diagnosed
with “the atom bomb disease.”
The paper crane
While in the hospital Sadako's best friend told her of an old Japanese legend which
said that anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes would be granted a wish.
Sadako hoped that the gods would grant her a wish to get well so that she could run
again. After a while the hospital the realization came to her that she was not going
to get better so she changed her wish, and wished for world peace and unity between
She started to work on the paper cranes and completed over 1000 before dying on
October 25 1955 at the age of 12.
• The story of Sadako Sasaki is a sad and touching
one. I don’t see any reason why she wouldn’t deserve
a memorial built in her honor. She was an amazing
girl who believed that with 1000 paper cranes she
could set herself free from pain and make the world a
place of peace between all. So when making this
memorial there would be no better way to set her free
than to construct a granite paper crane and have her
sit on its back, wind blowing through her hair as it
carries her to the heavens where there is truly
everlasting peace and freedom!
The memorial will be located in Hiroshima.
A Large Statue of a Paper Crane made of marble will
be built with its wings spread out and will be on top
of a white marble cloud. Riding on top of the crane
will be a statue of Sadako Sasaki in marble as well.
Carved into the cloud will be the words, “World
Peace,” and “The Legend of a Thousand Cranes,” and
“One girl changed the way we think about life peace
Why It Will Be Built This Way
The cloud shows that Sadako finally escaped,
far above all the suffering of this world.
The crane shows that it saved her from her pain
Sadako wanted peace and she wanted to get
better and escape and she finally was able to.
May She Rest In Peace.
Why Make This Memorial
To Honor the Innocent Civilians Who Died and
Suffered from the Atomic Bombs.
To Prevent this Horrible Tragedy from Ever
To Never Let this Day be Forgotten.
To Spread the Message of World Peace
Most important reason to story of the girl of a
Thousand paper cranes Sadako Sasaki