A community event for all ages—September 22 in downtown Knoxville. Don’t know how to fold a crane? No worries—we’ll teach you!
1,000 Cranes is an annual event in Knoxville, hosted by Union Avenue Books and sponsored by OREPA and the Smoky Mountain Chapter of CISV. We welcome everyone—we need you!—in our quest to fold 1,000 cranes for peace in one day. Our effort builds on the story of Sadako Sasaki, survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima at age 2, who developed leukemia as a result of radiation exposure at age 11.
Learning of the Japanese custom that one who folds a thousand cranes will have her prayers answered, Sadako set out to reach the goal. She died before she was able to complete her mission, and her classmates and others took up the cause. The origami crane became an international symbol of peace, tied to the Japanese promise.
We use the 1,000 cranes event to celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, September 21. Come join us for a few minutes or an hour or two. Last year we fell just short of our goal, so we need more folding fingers!