In March of 2003, as I watched President Bush on television tell us that his administration will take us to war in Iraq, I was folding origami cranes with my granddaughter, Rachel. These paper cranes have been made for decades to honor Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl who died from the effects of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima. As I looked at Rachel, my heart broke to think that we still wage war and put all the children of the world at risk.

Then an idea came to me: the little cranes need to fly to all kinds of public places where people will be reminded of Sadako and the horrors of war. I have been folding cranes with love and the intention of peace coming to the world, giving them to strangers, and leaving them wherever I go. When each crane is finished, I write peace on the wings and blow a prayer -- May Peace Prevail on Earth -- into the tiny hole in the bottom so that each can carry the energy of peace.

I hope you will consider joining me by making paper cranes and letting them fly free. You can find directions to make the lovely birds on this site. Give them to everyone you come in contact with and put them in public areas for all to see. There are pictures on this site to give you ideas. Explore the Peace links in Grandmother Spider's Web to learn more about the worldwide peace movement. If you’re in North Texas, please accept my personal invitation to join me in activities that affirm peace and the worthiness of women.

Yours in peace,

Jo Wharton

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