Archive for July, 2009

Peace Pole in Anaheim, California-USA

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

April 29, 2009

Anaheim Scout leads ‘Peace Pole’ project at St. Catherine’s Military Academy,

215 N. Harbor Blvd. Anaheim

Jeremy Bermudez of Anaheim completed his Eagle Project at his alma mater, St. Catherine’s Military Academy. A Peace Pole and three handmade benches were dedicated at the school’s campus located at 215 North Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim. The special celebration took place on April 29, 2009, the feast day of Saint Catherine of Siena, the Academy’s patron saint.

The Peace Pole at St. Catherine’s proclaims the message May Peace Prevail On Earth  in the four most prominent languages of the current student body: English, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese. In the special ceremony dedicating the Peace Pole, a St. Catherine’s student read the message of peace in each of the four languages of the Peace Pole. The entire student body then joined hands, and each cadet made a special prayer for peace in his native language.

In order to meet the requirements for Eagle Scout, Jeremy planned, developed, and led this service project to benefit the Academy. He managed over 50 volunteers including family members, friends, adults, and students from St. Catherine’s. All together, the team put in over 300 volunteers hours to benefit the school.



Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

July 26th, 2009

Every year, the GATHERING OF THE VIBES, held at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, Connecticut provides a forum for acclaimed musicians and artists to share their crafts.  It brings together the VibeTribe-the exceptional group of individuals whose very essence is defined by their shared sense of community.   Each year, this  four day event begins on Thursday and ends with The World Peace Prayer Society presenting the World Peace Flag Ceremony on Sunday to at least 15,000 people!

This year, Jim Dugan and Ann Marie Williams, presented the World Peace Flag Ceremony on the Main Stage.  Jim and Ann Marie alternated announcing the name of each of the 192 countries in alphabetical order, as the crowd  repeated the country names, while waiving their flags, cheering and reciting May Peace Prevail On Earth throughout the Ceremony!





Peace Pole in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Friday, July 17th, 2009

May 26th, 2009

Jane and Tom Teniswood proprietors of Windsong Bed and Breakfast in Tasmania, Australia organized a Peace Pole dedication at the Baha’i Center for Learning in Hobart.  The Peace Pole was donated by long time member Tomoko Ukai from Japan who traveled from Japan for this occasion.  The new Baha’i Center officially opened on Friday May 29th, 2009.


World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony in Kent, Connecticut-USA

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

July 12, 2009

On Sunday, July 12th,  staff from The World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, New York were invited to present The World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony to the participants of the 700 Voices Music Festival.  Fumi Johns-Stewart, Director of WPPS, was the voice leader in the Ceremony, with assistance from by Jim Dugan, WPPS Sanctuary Manager and Ann Marie Williams, WPPS Executive Assistant.

Peace Pole in Itasca State Park in Minnesota-USA

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

July 16, 2009

The Peace Pole planted in Itasca State Park was dedicated in 1996 and was recently visited again by some members of The World Peace Prayer Society.

A beautiful plaque explains the history of Peace Poles.

Peace Pole on the Savings Bank webpage-Germany

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Dear all,

Remember my excitement about a Peace Pole sponsored by an East German branch of our German Savings Bank SPARKASSE?

I just saw that the bank has the peace message, May Peace Prevail On Earth and four photographs their Peace Pole on their website:

 The “Wisenta Hall” is not only the location of their

bank but also used as a hall for cultural events sponsored by the bank.

 “Der Aussenbereich” refers to the Peace Pole Project and you will see our message, May Peace Prevail On Earth at the end.

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Dagmar, WPPS-Munich Office


Peace Pole in Beacon, New York-USA

Friday, July 10th, 2009

May 29, 2009

Ben Cohen, handsomely dressed in his tuxedo, prepared to attend the Senior Ball. The Peace Pole was planted at his home with Julie Cohen (mom), Bo Lamore and his brother Jacob.  May Peace Prevail On Earth!













Peace Pole at Presbyterian Church in Minnesota-USA

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Submitted July-09

 Photograph of Pastor David by the Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church Peace Pole.

Photograph of Pastor David by the Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church Peace Pole.

Submitted by Melvin Giles, WPPS Peace Representative





Peace Pole in Minneapolis, MN-USA

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

June 19th, 2009

Picture: Tim Gabriel, Stephon Shannon, and Nathan Gabriel
Picture: Tim Gabriel, Stephon Shannon, and Nathan Gabriel

It was Friday, June 19 and our day started with an impromptu gathering of
neighbors between a new garden and our Peace Pole.  Several of us neighbors
were admiring the garden when Jim joined us and shared a story about
peace-making at the National Republican Convention last fall. Sharing apple
slices with an angry protestor brought peace at the convention, according to
Jim. I chimed in with a story about peace-making in Kenya. Peace bubbles,
supplied by Melvin Giles, brought calm to a tense situation on a bus in
The day ended with these three young men, Tim, Stephon and Nathan, gathered
around the Peace Pole in our front yard. Planting flowers, around the base
of the Peace Pole, has become an annual tradition and a part of our home.
The Peace Pole is so much a part of our home that Tim included it in a
school assignment where he was required to describe our house. I don’t know
why he chose to include the Peace Pole in the description while excluding
many other features of our house. Perhaps, in Tim’s mind, the Peace Pole
makes our house a home.
Friday, June 19 was also the Community Peace Celebration that Melvin Giles, Peace Representative of The World Peace Prayer Society, organizes in the Twin Cities.  We did not attend the celebration, but it seems as though the peace celebration came to us as I reflect on the day with our neighbors, our children, the garden, and the Peace Pole
Leo Gabriel

May Peace Prevail On Earth