A Peaceful Heart

Victims of the bombing of Hiroshima August 6, 1945 are commemorated in the children’s peace museum at the site of detonation by a sculpture symbolizing Sadako Sasaki, who died from leukemia 9 years after radiation exposure when she was two years old.  In the sculpture Sasaki holds a golden crane, a symbol of peace.  Surrounded by thousands of paper cranes donated by children from around the world, approximately 10 million each year, this memorial profoundly impacted me. The power of forgiveness and the commitment to peace blunted the pain inflicted as I attempted to understand what happened here in 1945 and since then in this monument to peace.