The library is pleased to display 1,000 Peace Cranes, a project by the Honors Leadership Board. The group was inspired to fold 1,000 origami cranes after learning about Sadako Sasaki, an 11 year old Japanese girl who was diagnosed with leukemia as a result of the atomic bomb blast on Hiroshima in 1945.
While in the hospital, Sadako started to fold paper cranes. In Japan, there is a belief that folding 1,000 paper cranes will cause your wish to come true. Sadako wished to become well again, and also for an end to suffering and to attain world peace.
With the help of a variety of campus organizations, the Honors program began the project as a testament to the cause of peace, which is an important concern of Viterbo and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.
Student Shannon Foss will deliver the cranes in person to the Children’s Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan, and return to Viterbo to present on her trip. Please come see the cranes through March 23 near the Recreational Reading area.