Monday, February 26, 2007

Symbolism and Healing in a Peace of Paper

U.S. Army Pfc. Marissa Strock , left, a double-leg amputee wounded in Iraq, and her mother, Sandi Ogden, follow Japanese Lt. Col. Ichiro Sato's instructions as they fold origami paper into cranes during an evening at Ambassador Ryozo Kato's residence Feb. 23 in Washington, D.C.
Defense Dept. photo by John J. Kruzel

Using the camouflage on the cranes represents the irony of war and peace that are inherent in our society, as if one cannot exist without the other-from Operation Peace Crane

Hat tip for the DoD article (What DoD article? Click the photos, and follow the link trail): Gazing at the Flag

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Blogger Gayle said...

I had never heard of a "peace crane" before, Wordsmith. Thanks!

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 5:21:00 AM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

gayle, the traditional way of looking at paper cranes, for the past 60 years, is as a symbol of peace and long life. Many people are familiar with the story of Sadako, a little girl who was sick from the radiation poisoning at Hiroshima. She tried to fold a thousand cranes for health, and didn't make it before dying. Others completed her project, and she's been a symbol and inspiration ever since, for peace around the world.

So really, it's part of the kumbaya crowd; so I really like putting a twist to it, with the kamiflage military paper. After all, I see the military as the ones who make peace in this world possible.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007 9:47:00 PM  

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