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Football Remembers: Academy players write haikus about World War II

15 Aug 2020

On VJ Day Japanese short poems are turned into origami peace cranes forming a wreath to be laid in Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park

As part of commemorating the 75th anniversary of VJ (Victory over Japan) Day, on 15 August, the Premier League Education Department invited Academy players to write a haiku, a Japanese short poem, about World War II and film themselves reading it.

Players from nine clubs have written a haiku and then folded the paper into an origami peace crane as a symbol of friendship with Japan.

The players’ paper cranes are being collected by Big Ideas, who will assemble them into a paper wreath.

Schoolchildren and members of the public can also send their cranes to Big Ideas, to be added to the wreath.

That wreath will be sent to the British Embassy in Japan to be laid at the Children’s Peace Monument in the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park.

Also in this series

Part 1: Football Remembers: Arthur House's story
Part 2: Football Remembers: Tony Collins' story
Part 3: Football Remembers: Josser Watling's story
Part 4: Football Remembers: Gordon Astall's story
Part 5: Football Remembers: Charles White's story
Part 6: Football Remembers: Charlie Chase's story
Part 7: Football Remembers: Bobby Brown's story

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