Within Asia the white crane is the bird of peace.Originally it was the sort of peace that comes with
prosperity and friendship, such that war is not even considered. The crane took on even greater significance as a peace symbol within Japan right after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki . In 1955 an eleven year old Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki was diagnosed with leukemia from exposure to nuclear radiation.
She heard that if she folded a thousand paper cranes,she would be granted a wish. So she began folding one crane after another, wishing for a well body within a world of peace. Sadly, she died within the year, but her story went out to the people of the world.
An organization has been founded in memory of
Sadako whose purpose is to unite children in the effort for peace – ‘the world peace project for children’.
Is thought to have begun in Europe during World War II when a V for victory – and not to be confused with the catholic gesture of benediction – was painted on walls
as a symbol of freedom from occupying forces.The sign was widely used by peace movements in the 1960s and 1970s as a symbol of victory for peace and truth
In Basel, Switzerland, at the international co-operative congress of world co-op, ICA leaders made plans for the very first international ‘co-operators’ day in Essen, Germany which was held in July 1923. They wanted to identify and define the growing co-operative movement’s common values and ideals to help unite co-ops around the world by developing an international co-op symbol to celebrate the movement’s ideas of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality,and world peace.
It is said that the meaning of the 7 colors of the rainbow flag is:
RED stands for courage.
ORANGE offers the vision of possibilities.
YELLOW represents the challenge that GREEN has kindled.
GREEN represents growth, a challenge to co-operators to
strive for growth of membership and of understanding of the
aims and values of co-operation.
SKY BLUE suggests far horizons, the need to provide education
and help to unfortunate people and to strive towards global unity.
DARK BLUE suggests pessimism, reminding us of less
fortunate people in the world who are in need of the benefits
VIOLET is the color of warmth, beauty and friendship.
Peace Symbol | Britanica Encyclopedia 1982