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Thousand Origami Cranes (千羽鶴, Senbazuru) is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person's wish come true. This makes them popular gifts for special friends and family.
There's a Japanese legend that basically says if you fold 1000 paper cranes, your wish will come true.
As I viewed the many exhibits commemorating the tragic event, I noticed what seemed like colorful ribbons, streams of rainbows hanging in a display across the chapel. I moved across the room and as I got closer, noticed the rainbow ribbons were not ribbons at all but in fact hundreds of paper cranes in beautiful colors hung together to form a long chain. There were dozens and dozens of these paper crane chains in various colors and patters striking in their ancient beauty.
Then I read the caption explaining the significance of these beautiful paper crane chains.
Hundreds of school children, adults, and families in Japan had created these lovely chains offering peace and love to the families of those who died in that horrible attack of 9-11, and to our country.