Be a Messenger of Peace
Peace Day 2007
Send a message or
a prayer of peace. View
messages from around the world.
“I will write peace on your wings and you will
fly all over the world.”
With those words, 12-year-old Sadako Sasaki wrote her own legacy
and opened new avenues in the quest for peace.
Many people know the story of the brave, athletic Japanese
girl. She was diagnosed with leukemia 10 years after being exposed
to radiation at the age of two years from the Hiroshima atomic
She started folding origami paper cranes after a friend reminded
her of a legend: if one folds a thousand cranes, one will
live to be very old. As she folded the cranes, she would say
the words written above.
Sadako had intimate knowledge of the costs of war and nuclear
attack. Her health was waning, yet she wanted to spread peace.
She folded 644 cranes before she succumbed to the disease. By
her example and her insight, she continues to inspire people
and organizations around the world. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
is one of those organizations.
In 1995, on the 50th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima,
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and La Casa de Maria dedicated
the Sadako Peace Garden in Santa Barbara, California.
This year, on August 9, we will hold our 13th
annual Sadako Peace Day at the Sadako Peace Garden
at La Casa
de Maria, 800 El Bosque Road, between 5 and 6 p.m. Admission
We want you to be part of this ceremony for peace -- no matter
where you live. Please e-mail us your messages and prayers for
peace. We will list as many as we can on our website and choose
a selection to read at our Peace Day ceremony in Santa Barbara.
Afterwards, we will compile all the messages of peace and send
them to the White House.
In this way, you can follow Sadako’s inspiration,
and write out your hopes for peace so they may fly all over the
world (via the Internet).
People often ask us how they can make a difference for peace. Sadako
showed us one way. She never relinquished her hope for a better
world. All we need to do is follow her lead.
So we invite you to make your views heard. Give your peace message “wings” by
putting it into words and sending it to us.
One voice can become a powerful force for change when it joins
millions of others all seeking the same thing.
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messages from around the world
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation