Learning from the past to build a better future

Santa Barbara, CA – After a long and brutal year, The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is glad to announce that its 27th Annual Sadako Peace Day will once again be held live at Westmont College.

Sadako Peace Day remembers the victims of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all innocent victims of war. It will be held on Friday, August 6, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the Magnolia Lawn at Westmont College, 955 La Paz Road in Santa Barbara. The event is a time to reflect on the past in hopes of building a more peaceful future. There will be poetry readings, live music, and time for reflection.

The event is free and all are welcome.

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.