According to an ancient Japanese legend, anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes is granted a
wish. A 12-year-old Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki began making origami cranes, wishing for a long and healthy life after radiation exposure from the bombing of Hiroshima. Every year, people around the world fold paper cranes as a way to remember Sadako and as a reminder of peace.
This year, 1,000 paper cranes will grace the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk in an exhibit called “A Better World.” to remember the 71st Anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be open during regular opening hours from August 2 through October 2.
The cranes were folded by students from Kemps Landing/Old Donation School, Maury High School, Lake Taylor High School, Tallwood High School, Salem High School, The Academy of International Studies at Rosemont, Larchmont Elementary School, Bayside High School and Health Services Academy
and Norview High School.
For more information, please visit macarthurmemorial.org.