Commemorating Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Central England Quakers Peace Committee invite you to mark the run up to Hiroshima Day (6th August) by making paper cranes.

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of nuclear bombs being dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Origami cranes have become a symbol of commemoration of these terrible events, and of a commitment to peace and nuclear disarmament.

The children of Sutton Quaker Meeting made cranes some years ago and sent them to the Peace Pagoda in Hiroshima from where they received a warm response. But adults can make them too, especially as the lockdown continues, and maybe put them in the window as a talking point.

Coventry Quaker Meeting and Coventry Lord Mayor’s Peace Committee welcome all to watch an ecumenical service online on Hiroshima Day (6th August). The service will be streamed from Coventry Cathedral at 4:30pm (and will include making paper cranes as part of the commemoration.)

Below is a five minute YouTube clip which tells the story of Sadako which would be good to share with children as well as adults:

And another five minute YouTube clip that shows you how to make the cranes:

You can get origami paper from craft or stationary suppliers, and the big online delivery outlets.

Let us know how you get on, especially if you make a thousand!!