Cranes of Peace for Local Soldiers

By: Laura Speakman
By: Laura Speakman

The Massanutten Regional Library in Harrisonburg had a goal of folding the cranes in honor of Charlie Company of the National Guard soldiers who are coming home from Afghanistan.

Just today one local teen, Lydia Smith, gave around 200 paper cranes. That puts the library over their goal with more than 1,100 paper cranes. It's a project that has taken her two years to complete. She's says since the soldiers serve our country, we have a number of reasons to show them support.

"To know that you're loved, to know that what you did was valued and you remembered your country and your country remembers you," said Lydia Smith.

But Lydia hasn't been the only kid in the Valley making paper cranes just like these, but kids and adults have been coming in making over 900 paper cranes.

In September they will be sent to Hiroshima, Japan in honor of the soldiers.

"I had been to Hiroshima last year and I was very inspired by the peace memorial and all of the different cranes brought in," said Lydia.

With every crease of paper, Lydia hopes everyone realizes just how lucky we are.

"We live in a very blessed country. We don't have war, and I think it's wonderful for people to understand the effects of war," said Lydia.

Before the cranes are sent off they need to be strung into strands of garland. The library is looking for a group who is interested to take on this project; so if you're interested they ask you give them a call.


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