Cranes to land on Art Hill
Those walking on Art Hill in Forest Park Aug. 4 might notice something out of place that day: 1,000 hand-folded, origami paper cranes beneath the St. Louis Art Museum.
The STL Crane Project’s mission is simple: a one-day memorial for fallen first responders, such as police officers, firefighters, paramedics and EMTs. One thousand paper cranes may seem odd but there’s a reason for this number: According to Japanese legend, folding 1,000 paper cranes will cause a wish to come true.
According to the project’s website, the wish is for fallen for first responders to be remembered and for those still alive and in the line of duty to remain safe.
The STL Crane Project is looking for volunteers to help construct and install the paper cranes Aug 4. Those wishing to help can signup on the project’s website.
At the end of the one-day memorial, people may adopt a crane for $10. All donations will go to The BackStoppers, a greater St. Louis organization that provides financial and emotional support to families of first responders who have died on duty.