St. Louis (KSDK) - Hundreds of giant origami cranes are on display on Art Hill this weekend. They're a tribute to fallen police and firefighters. But they're also a symbol of hope, that first responders will stay safe in the coming year.
"Even though these ceremonies are difficult for me at times, I'm also very touched that he is not forgotten," said Susan King, whose husband died in the line of duty.
University City Police Sgt. Michael King was shot and killed while working in the Loop on Halloween night of 2008.
"He was a wonderful man. He loved to help people and he enjoyed being a policeman," said King.
"They are putting their lives at risk everyday for us and we really need to appreciate them," said St. Louis Crane Project Founder Rick Ruderer.
The St. Louis Crane Project is based on a Japanese legend that if you fold a thousand cranes you get a wish. The wish is for the safety of first responders. Volunteers also folded the cranes to sell. The money will go to families of the fallen.
"I have seen so many things that give you a good feeling about mankind through all of this ugliness that's happened to us," said King.
The cranes are $10 each. All of the proceeds go to benefit BackStoppers. If you'd like to buy one - you can stop by Art Hill until 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
You can also contact the St. Louis Crane Project by clicking here.