Each year in the Novato Fourth of July parade volunteers from PeaceNovato carry folded paper cranes in honor of the American service men and women who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The practice draws on an Asian tradition, where paper cranes are symbols of good fortune and longevity. At the Children's Peace Monument in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park thousands of cranes memorialize young victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
PeaceNovato says it needs at least 17 more volunteers to walk with them in the Fourth of July parade. To volunteer contact Don Foster at "PeaceNovato@hotmail.com" or (415) 419-7323.
Learn how to fold your own origami crane, or watch a former parade below.