On Saturday, March 31, children and the young at heart are invited to downtown Cedaredge to learn the art of origami. Lessons in folding paper cranes will be presented by a group of local folding enthusiasts known as "The Craniacs." The instructional fee is $10 with the proceeds going to support the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center. The event is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. at Stacy's at 260 West Main Street.
As a special tribute on Saturday, local resident Shelley Rae will read aloud from the children's book "1,000 Paper Cranes." The book is the story about Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who survived the World War II bombing of Hiroshima but died a decade later from the effects of radiation.
Before Sadako died in 1955 at age 12, she began folding paper cranes. Ancient legends maintain that a person who folds a thousand paper cranes will be granted a wish. At the end of her life Sadako faithfully and persistently folded the symbolic cranes. Her wish was to live in a world at peace.
After Sadako died, her school classmates continued to fold cranes in her honor. When other people learned of her wish for peace, they erected statues in her honor. Over the years since her death, her cranes have been placed in peace memorials all over the world including Pearl Harbor and 9/11's ground zero in New York City. Images of her have been erected worldwide and her story continues to be retold by those who long for world peace.