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Lessons from the past help build a more peaceful future

Santa Barbara, CA – The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation will hold its 25th Annual Sadako Peace Day to remember the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all innocent victims of war.

It will be held on Tuesday, August 6, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Westmont College, on Magnolia Lawn, 955 La Paz Road in Santa Barbara. The event is free and all are welcome.

This year, the Foundation will honor Dr. David Krieger, its long-serving president, by reading from his body of original poetry. For many years, his poems have connected with people from all over the world on issues of peace, war and nuclear dangers. After leading the Foundation for nearly forty years, Dr. Krieger will be retiring at year’s end. The event will also include live music, reflection and a peace crane folding workshop by the Peace Crane Project.

Sadako Peace Day is a tribute to the life of Sadako Sasaki, a child from Hiroshima who was 2 years old at the time of the atomic bombing. Ten years later, she died from radiation-induced leukemia as a result of that bombing. Japanese legend holds that one’s wish will be granted upon folding 1,000 paper cranes. While in the hospital, Sadako folded more than 1,000 paper cranes, hoping it might help her get well. Sadly, Sadako died without ever returning to health. Students in Japan were so moved by her story, they began folding paper cranes, too. The paper crane has become an international symbol of peace, and a statue of Sadako now stands in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

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The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s mission is to educate, advocate and inspire action for a peaceful world, free of nuclear weapons. Founded in 1982, the Foundation is comprised of individuals and organizations worldwide who realize the imperative for peace in the Nuclear Age. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is a non-partisan, non-profit organization with consultative status to the United Nations. For more information, visit