Donating Sadako’s crane to the Truman Library confirmed our mutual understanding and dream for the future. We (USA and Japan) both reflected on the past Pacific War.
Both the recipient and the donor of Sadako’s crane were able to come together, with the same idea in the same way. We both agreed to go beyond differences in our ways of thinking, and we agreed to live together towards a peaceful future. Sadako’s paper crane was donated as a proof of our commitment.
In the case of the 911 Memorial, the first inquiries came from them. In the beginning, the 911Committee asked the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum about the meaning of paper cranes (this was because paper cranes were hung at the fence of the 911 site by a visitor, and the stakeholders at the 911 Committee did not know the meaning of paper cranes. The Museum explained about Sadako, and the people on the 911 Committee were moved by her story, They asked the Museum to send photos of Sadako to display with those paper cranes, The Museum then made a request to the Sasaki family to communicate with the 911 Committee directly.
We share the same term Ground Zero, used for atomic bombings and also for 911.
Sharing such a common point developed into sharing more thoughts. Such sadness can be conveyed over generations. Revenge will be born from a heart of hate, and we must work together to find a better path forward. As a result, Sadako’s crane was sent to the committee, as a symbol of our mutual understanding and wish for the future.
Sadako’s cranes are exhibited as symbols that connect the hearts of victims and survivors (in USA and Japan), and to teach the importance of life and working together towards a united future.