How can we come together and show support for each other during difficult times? Create a paper crane that represents both long life and healing and reminds us of the importance of community during an emergency.
In Japanese culture, cranes are mystical animals that symbolize long life and healing. There is a legend that if you fold a thousand paper cranes, you will be granted a wish or recover from an injury. Chains of colorful paper cranes were a familiar sight across Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11. Shortly after the attacks, a replica of the Statue of Liberty appeared outside a firehouse in midtown Manhattan. It was soon covered from torch to toe with tributes, including paper cranes, uniform patches, flags, notes, souvenirs, and other mementos from passersby. This statue continues to remind us of the community of people that came together after the attacks to spread hope and healing.
- Find a piece of paper—it can be plain, patterned, colorful—whatever you have at home works!
- If necessary, use scissors to cut your paper into a square.
- Download and follow the instructions to fold your origami crane.
- Invite someone in your home to fold a crane with you to make a chain like the one on Lady Liberty.
- Take a photo of your crane and post the picture to social media using the hashtag #911MuseumEd.
Lesson Plan: Paying Tribute
This lesson plan explores ways that people memorialized the victims of the 9/11 attacks.