For nine months, Danielle Roberts has hand-folded each origami crane to honor the lives lost on September 11, 2001.
LILBURN, GA – A woman in the Atlanta subway wanted to do something creative and personal to remember the victims of 9/11.
Danielle Roberts decided to create an exhibition to honor them through art.
2,977 lives were lost and thousands more were injured in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
“All of the cranes have been personalized with a name and today’s date,” said Roberts.
For nine months, she has been folding each origami crane by hand.
“My family would do the simpler folds. I would do the toughest folds,” she said.
On Saturday, Roberts’ exhibit was unveiled with a ceremony at Lilburn City Park.
“Since 7am this morning, I’ve been fighting back tears – all day. Because to see an idea, your daydream, come to fruition… it’s really wonderful,” said Roberts.
With the help of friends, Roberts carefully tied each crane to a tree, which created a peaceful place for people to reflect.
“It’s a powerful thing, it wasn’t the town of Lilburn, it wasn’t the staff that got together, it’s just a person in the community who cares,” she said. declared.
Thanks to the project, Roberts got to know each victim.
“I was reading stories about each of them,” she said.
Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley has stopped by to pay tribute not only to the citizens but also to the first responders who were tragically killed that day 20 years ago.
“Heroes run into danger to save an alien and that is why this profession is so noble. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to honor each of them individually,” he said.
The exhibit will be on display at Lilburn City Park until Monday.