This origami Christmas tree was an insightful symbol of hope and peace at the famous Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City. This tree is inspired by the story of Sadako, a little girl who developed leukemia after the 1945 Hiroshima bombing. Folding of one thousand paper cranes has been a legend of making a wish come true. Despite not completing her goal, after her death her classmates folded enough cranes to finish her last deed. Since then, people all over the world also participated in this ‘origami marathon’. This ‘peace tree’ is a meaningful way to honor Sadako’s memory and to create a bright symbol of hope.
I was there right when there was a service. The church psalm and music were so soothing and calming.