Picture credit: Arden Gilbert, daughter of Paul
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC years ago decided to place this commemorative tree in the vestibule of the cathedral to remind everyone that peace is all our responsibility. The Origami cranes are used as decoration based on a Japanese story that folding 1000 cranes would help bring peace to the world. A young girl used this story as her motivation to fold the cranes. She was suffering from radiation sickness after the atomic bombing of Japan ending WW II. People around the world heard the story and shared folding cranes with her. Unfortunately she did not survive her illness but the motive to make peace among all peoples is stronger than ever.
Rev. Paul Gilbert