A 12-year-old girl, Sadoka Sasaki, started a peace movement halfway around the world. Now he story is being told here, in New York, and the symbol of her message is on display and behind shared at the 9/11 Tribute Center. Magee Hickey talked with the woman bringing the story to life.
"Our mission is to cultivate peace and world friendship," Laurie Rubin said.
Laurie Rubin, a blind Messo Sorprano singer who runs the Ohano Arts Center in Hawaii created an all youth musical called Peace On Your Wings. It's the story of a young girl who died from leukemia after the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima.
"It’s a story about peace in general," she said.
Legend has it when you fold a thousand cranes you are granted one wish, something this girl did. The cranes have become symbols of world peace and her brother donated a crane to the 9/11 Tribute Center.
"Even though 9/11 is a very different thing and a very different tragedy it relates to the human experience," she explained.
And the healing of the crane actually came full circle.
"There was a crane made of steel, it was actually made from the refuse or the metal that was left behind from the 9/11 destruction," Rubin described. "It was sent to Japan to comfort the victims of 3/11 when the earthquake took place after the tsunami."
Laurie says along with a sense of healing, Peace on Your Wings is kind of a movement.
"It will make people make cranes and really fight for peace," she said.
You can see Peace on your Wings at John Jay College, Friday and Saturday.
Peace on Your Wings makes its New York premiere Friday, September 9, 7:30 pm and Saturday, September 10, 2 pm, 7:30 pm at John Jay College Gerald W. Lynch Theater (524 W. 59th St, NY 10019), $35/$25, $15 (students), 808-744-5501, http://ohanaarts.ticketleap.com. The show is presented by OhanaArts, and co-sponsored by the Japanese American Association of New York)