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Atom bomb’s use is commemorated

Eileen JoycePat Paddock of the Unitarian Universalist Church prepares to package up the 1,000 paper cranes her church made Monday. They will be shipped to President Bush.
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Today marks the 57th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima, Japan, by the United States, which killed 140,000 people.

To commemorate that – and to plea for world peace – a Grass Valley church made 1,000 paper cranes that it sent Monday to President George W. Bush.

“It made us feel good to do it … It’s a local, grass-roots effort to make a difference,” said Pat Paddock, social action committee chair for the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains Church.



The church’s inspiration was the story of Sadako Sasaki, a Hiroshima girl who was 2 when the bomb was dropped and then died, at age 12, of leukemia, “the atom bomb disease.”

A Japanese legend holds that if an ill person makes 1,000 paper cranes, the gods will grant that person’s wish to get well.




While in the hospital, Sadako made 644 paper cranes before she died, writing “peace” on their wings.

Her classmates finished making 356 cranes so Sadako could be buried with 1,000 cranes. They also raised money from school children all over Japan to build a statue of Sadako in Hiroshima’s Peace Park. At its base a plaque reads: “This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world.”

The Grass Valley church also sent a copy of the children’s book “Sadako” to Bush.

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