Nuclear Age Peace Foundation to Commemorate 28th Annual Sadako Peace Day | Press Releases
Posted on July 26, 2022
| 7:22 p.m.
The Foundation for Peace in the Nuclear Age will hold its 28th annual Sadako Peace Day under the Sycamore at La Casa de Maria.
It is a time to come together to remember the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all the innocent victims of war.
Held from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, this will be a special commemoration as the event will once again take place in the Sadako Peace Garden at La Casa de Maria in Montecito.
Since January 2018, La Casa de Maria has been rebuilding and restoring the retreat center, which suffered severe damage in mud and debris flow after the Thomas fire.
Sadako Peace Day recalls 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 of radiation-induced leukemia as a result of that bombing.
The Japanese legend wants his wish granted by folding 1,000 paper cranes. While in the hospital, Sadako folded over 1,000 paper cranes, hoping it might help her recover. Sadly, Sadako passed away without ever regaining her health.
Japanese students were so touched by her story that they also started folding paper cranes. The paper crane has become an international symbol of peace, and a statue of Sadako now stands in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.
There will be poetry readings, live music and time for reflection. The event is free and everyone is welcome.
For more information, visit wagingpeace.org/upcoming.
— Sandy Jones is the director of communications for the Foundation for Peace in the Nuclear Age.