Archive for August, 2009

The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY-USA

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

August 13-16th, 2009

Wassaic, New York is the home of The World Peace Sanctuary, headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society.  The founders of the Wassaic Project and the coordinators of The South Amenia Fair, decided to have the two events occurring on the same weekend, highlighting the Hamlet of Wassaic in The New York Times. A Peace Pole, handcrafted at The World Peace Sanctuary was also featured at the Wassaic Project.

The Wassaic Project’s founders, Eve Biddle, Elan Bogarin and Bowie Zunino, are all 27-year-old artists and friends who were raised in the East Village in New York City. Together, they organized the 4 day event, featuring 75 artists, several film screenings and readings, and 25 bands, including an ‘open-air funk opera.’  The event was held in the newly renovated building, historically recognized as the original Borden Milk Factory.

In the nearby auction ring, where art films are now screened, hand-painted signs still announce the commissions for various livestock (cattle and calves, 5 percent; hogs, goats and sheep, 10 percent).  Nestled in the Harlem Valley, this charming and historical village houses a post office, an old time tavern and general store. The stillness outside is punctuated only by the occasional sound of the Metro North train, which runs every two hours to and from NYC.











250th Anniversary of South Amenia, NY -USA

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

August 14-16th, 2009



The South Amenia Fair is a revival of an event held annually from 1920 to 1942, brought back in honor of the community’s 250th Anniversary.  Amenia is the township of Wassaic, New York, where The World Peace Sanctuary is located.   A Peace Pole, bearing peace messages, May Peace Prevail in the United States and May Peace Prevail On Earth, welcomed guests over the three-day event. The Program was complete with activities and presentations that took place over 80 years ago:  arts and crafts, flower and animal shows, mule and draft-oxen demonstrations and bingo. On Sunday, they held an old-time tent worship service, followed by a chicken barbecue at noon and a dog show.

Local grannies push for new ‘Peace Pole’Nevada-USA

Thursday, August 20th, 2009


Students dedicate a Peace Pole in Grass Valley at the United Methodist Church. The local chapter of Grandmothers for Peace is raising money and exploring locations to erect a similar pole in Nevada City.

Students dedicate a Peace Pole in Grass Valley at the United Methodist Church. The local chapter of Grandmothers for Peace is raising money and exploring locations to erect a similar pole in Nevada City.


A group of peace-loving grandmothers will soon go before the Nevada City Planning Commission with plans to erect a “peace pole” in town.
The idea for such an obelisk was supported by the Nevada City Council, which directed Grandmothers for Peace to bring the issue up with the commission.
The Peace Pole, with message, May Peace Prevail On Earth in English, Spanish, Chinese and Maidu, would bear resemblance to a similar Peace Pole near the United Methodist Church in Grass Valley, raised last year.
The women are also raising money for the proposed new Peace Pole in Nevada City and have begun promoting peace messages on the back of Gold Country Stage buses.
“We’re trying to find all kinds of different ways to bring peace in the people’s consciousness,” said Shirley McDonald, a member of Grandmothers for Peace International, an Elk Grove-based organization founded in 1982.
The organization has chapters across the United States, Europe and South Africa, with a local presence for the past six years, McDonald said. The group also exhibits each year at the Altar Show at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
A half-dozen possible locations for the Peace Pole have been identified in Nevada City. McDonald said city staff and her group are looking to narrow the list down in advance of an upcoming planning commission meeting.


Peace Pole in Junin de Los Andes-Argentina

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Submitted on August 2, 2009

This Peace Pole was planted in Junin de Los Andes, at the foot of Mount Lanin, on the border between Chile and Argentina.

Elena Becu

Proyecto de Paz, en Latino America!    MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!




Peace Pole on the Neisse River- connecting citizens of Poland and Germany

Thursday, August 20th, 2009


This very unusual looking Peace Pole, bearing the Peace Message, in Chinese, German, Polish and Zxek was planted in an adventure park designed to entertain adults and kids.

 It includes a tree house hotel on theNeisse River in former East Germany.

 On the other side of the Neisse River is Poland.
100,000 guests visit this park each year!  This year, President Köhler of Germany
 awarded the park with the “Tourism Innovation Award 2009.”




Peace Pole in Finland

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

August 6th, 2009

Photograph of the Peace Pole was taken during the Hiroshima Day event where we walked around the Töölönlahti Bay in Helsinki, with a banner for World March for Peace and Nonviolence ( < During our walk, one of the participants informed us that there is a Peace Pole planted next to the Finlandia Hall. I was not even aware of the presence of the Peace Pole before that day! (Though I am a native of Helsinki, I live in Denmark.) So, when we came past the Peace Pole, we stopped for a while and took a couple of photographs. Then we proceeded to the event, where lanterns were released to the bay in memory of Hiroshima victims.

 Peace, force and Joy in the Spirit of May Peace Prevail On Earth!  

  Juha Uski





Peace Pole in Riverview Park, Gouverneur, NY-USA

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

August 2nd, 2009


Girl Scouts from Thousand Islands Troop #340 received bronze medals on Sunday.  It is the highest honor a junior Girl Scout can receive. The Scouts have spent this year learning about community.  This knowledge inspired them to try to see the power in action and try to unite their community in a celebration. One voice, one spirit is the message that can continue to empower us to live in a positive fashion.


We were learning about the power of one, the power of a team and the power of community, “says Girls Scout, Andromeda Elliot.  “We don’t want wars and everything.  We want peace, “says Girl Scout, Lee Ann Berry.


Troop #340 sold Girls Scout cookies and used the money to buy a Peace Pole for Gouverneur.  On August 2nd, The Peace Pole was donated in a world peace ceremony at Riverview Park in the hope of uniting hearts in prayer for peace on earth and to dedicate a Peace Pole to Gouverneur as a symbol linking people of all faiths. The message and prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth is placed on all fours sides of the Peace Pole in English, French, Italian and Spanish.  The Peace Pole acts as a bridge, reminding us of peace for all.  May it be a reminder for you!



Information and photographs submitted by, Donna Thorpe, Girl Scout Leader








Information and photographs submitted by, Donna Thorpe, Girl Scout Leader











Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

August 6th, marked 64 years since the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan by the United States at the end of World War II.


Japanese members of The World Peace Prayer Society in Japan gathered on this sacred day For One Minute of Silence followed by The World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony held in Hiroshima Peace Park and Nagasaki Peace Park.








Monday, August 17th, 2009

Monday, August 10th, 2009

Fumi Johns-Stewart, WPPS Executive Director, Deborah Moldow, WPPS, Representative at the UN and Monica Willard, WPPS Peace Representative attended the joint exhibition entitled “Against Nuclear Arms” which opened with a ceremony and reception on Monday, 10 August in the Main Gallery of the Visitors Lobby.

It will remain on display until 30 September.

The exhibitions portray the destruction and terrible damage caused by the A-bomb explosions in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, and decades of nuclear arms testing in the heart of Kazakhstan.  Its goal is to deepen public understanding of the devastating consequences of the use of nuclear weapons and to advance the international movement to abolish nuclear weapons.

Fumi Johns-Stewart, WPPS, Executive Director with Mr. Takasu, Permanent Representative of the Japanese Mission to the UN.
Fumi Johns-Stewart, WPPS, Executive Director with Mr. Takasu, Permanent Representative of the Japanese Mission to the UN.

“Hope of Hiroshima and Nagasaki” highlights the destruction caused by the bombs, the recovery process and survivors’ renderings.  It also includes a presentation of the work of HICARE, the Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-Exposed, established after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster to promote international cooperation.

“The Untold Story of Semipalatinsk Polygon” recounts the untold story of nuclear tests in central Kazakhstan; the medical, social and environmental consequences on population, flora and fauna of the region, the plight of victims scarred from more than four decades of nuclear tests and Kazakhstan’s 1992 commitments to become free of nuclear weapons.

Also forming part of the exhibit are a selection of computer collage artworks by two artists, photographer and video artist Masaru Tanaka, the son of an atomic bomb survivor, and painter Betsie Miller-Kusz, the daughter of a physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project in 1945.  Both artists have collaborated to create peace through their artworks.  The display of these artworks has been made possible by ART Peace.

This exhibition is presented by the United Nations Permanent Missions of Japan and Kazakhstan, as part of ongoing efforts for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and in view of next year’s Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.  The exhibit is presented in cooperation with Hiroshima City, Nagasaki City, Semey City, HICARE and the National Nuclear Center and Central State Archive of Kazakhstan.  MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH!



Peace Representative on Peace Mission in Japan

Monday, August 17th, 2009

August 6th, 2009

Mr. Mussie Hailu, WPPS Peace Representative of Ethiopia, was in Japan on a Peace Mission.  He attended the Conference of Mayors for Peace and the Hiroshima Day and Nagasaki Day Memorial Ceremonies in the Peace Parks that are located in both cities.  He graciously presented desktop Peace Poles, crafted at The World Peace Sanctuary to the Mayors and other prominent guests at the Conference on behalf of The World Peace Prayer Society.

Mussie Hailu (on right) offering desktop Peace Pole
Mussie Hailu (on right) offering desktop Peace Pole