Archive for October, 2011

A Call To Peace ~ Peace gathering at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY-USA

Friday, October 21st, 2011

September 25th, 2011

Flag Ceremonies, Taiko drumming, Celtic music and song, Hawaiian Dance and more, to celebrate the International Day of Peace (IDP).

A Call To Peace is an annual peace gathering held at The World Peace Sanctuary, headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society and home of The Peace Pole Project.

September 21st marked the United Nations’ 30th Anniversary of the International Day of Peace, designated by resolution in 1982 for the purpose of highlighting efforts to end conflict, cease fire and promote peace.

The Boys and Girls Scouts of America (community troops from the Hudson Valley) arrived in uniform and participated as flag bearers in both the World Peace Flag Ceremony (WPFC) and The United States of America Flag Ceremony, along with the Peace Pals youth group from Connecticut and children and families from the community.

Each year, the Peace gathering is held under the canopy of a century-old Walnut Grove.

The Program begins by asking the attendees to join in a prayer ceremony for the indigenous peoples of The United States of America. This year the Native American Prayer Ceremony was presented by Grandmother Silver Star and Grandmother Echata Wilisa Dinane. Music accompaniment was provided by Roland Moussa and Mark Pukmel.

A beautifully orchestrated World Peace Flag Ceremony (WPFC) was presented by Fumi Johns Stewart, Executive Director of The World Peace Prayer Society.
The September 11th Memorial Peace Pole was placed in the center of the Ceremonial field as the focal point for the WPFC. The Ceremony was presented respectfully by region. In totality, flag bearers carried national flags representing 196 countries of the world, as they proudly proclaimed “May Peace Prevail On Earth” for the people and land in each country.

Closing with prayers for all the indigenous people throughout the world!
This year’s Finale was The United States of America Flag Ceremony, prayers for each of the 50 states in USA and its territories, presented by Ann Marie Robustelli, Executive Assistant of WPPS. The Girl Scouts from the Hudson Valley presented the USA national flag to seal the prayers for The United States of America!

This year marked the 14th Annual Peace Pals International Art and Award Ceremony. Bahrain, Botswana, Ethiopia and Uganda were added to the list of nations that were represented this year. The artwork was juried by a panel of international judges for the final selection. Jules Lamore, Peace Pals Coordinator announced the winners in each of the 4 categories. All artwork submissions were beautifully displayed on panels for all to enjoy. To view the winning entries, please visit:

The Peace Pole Art Youth Project: Jim Dugan, WPPS Sanctuary Manager and a coordinator of The Peace Pole Project, created a Peace Pole kit that included a blank (8) foot Peace Pole, paint and 36 language translations of the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth” for the youngsters to choose from. Jim actively engaged in outreach to schools in the surrounding area. Schools and Youth groups from fourteen locations took part in the Project.

A very special Peace Pole representing South Sudan was crafted and presented by Jim Dugan, WPPS. Jim led the audience into a special ceremony honoring South Sudan newly found independence. Since July 2011 South Sudan has been an official and independent member state of the United Nations.
The Peace Pole representing South Sudan now joins the 193 Peace Poles on the Peace Path at The World Peace Sanctuary.

Japan Tsunami Recovery Fund- Poem written by Kenji Miyazawa was read aloud by Japanese WPPS member Keizo Aoi in native Japanese language and read again in English. Donations collected were sent to support friends (in Iwate Prefecture, Japan) who are actively engaged in the Tsunami Recovery Efforts for children.

Uplifting peace songs and music provided by very talented musicians, singers/songwriters: Jenna Greene, Aliza Hava, Roland Moussa, Aly-sun Panichi, Karcher Reynolds, and 7 year old Kammy Zheng.

Hawaiian dance by the graceful Mana Yuimi Koike.

Taiko drumming by the very energetic and talented Keizo Aoi.

Activities included:
Art of Aikido demonstration, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting and Petting Zoo

Representatives from non-profit organizations came to share their social services and community volunteerism.

Infinite appreciation and joy!

May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Ann Marie Robustelli
The World Peace Sanctuary, headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society
Wassaic, New York-USA

WALKRALLY for PEACE and the Environment 2011- Sta. Magdalena, Sorsogon, PHILIPPINES

Friday, October 21st, 2011

October 23rd, 2011


on Sunday Oct.23, 2011 in Sta. Magdalena,Sorsogon,Philippines.

“for every step is a prayer to heal mother earth”


WPPS Peace Representative in the Philippines

First World Peace Flag Ceremony-Siberia-RUSSIA

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

July 5th, 2011

As Cooperation Circle” Euro-Asia” of URI (United Religious Initiative) we were active participants of Artania Festival of Folk Crafts which took place in our city of Novosibirsk (the capital of Western Siberia) from June 15th to July 5th, 2011, which took place on the main square of the city near the Theater of Opera and Ballet. The Crafts Festival organizers supported our idea of holding the World Peace Flag Ceremony with the flag cards provided by The World Peace Prayer Society!

It started to rain and at 12 o’clock the weather didn’t look inspiring for any ceremony, but we knew “where there is a will-there is a way” and decided to have the Flag Ceremony under the roof of the Theater near the columns. I was given a microphone and started with my short speech with words from the famous song ”Nature has no bad weather, any weather is a bliss..bad weather can be in our hearts…” I spoke about the power of thoughts and the powerful impact good thoughts have. The thought of ‘Peace’ is the best one. The people who joined the Flag Ceremony were very happy to participate. A few of the attendees spoke the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth in English.

To close the Ceremony, we sang the song the every Russian, I believe, is familiar with- it’s called, May there always be sunshine. Then guests from Uruguay and Bolivia sang their native song about peace in the world.

Galina Ermolina, Novosibirsk, Russia

Valdez Museum Peace Pole, ALASKA-USA

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

August 14th, 2011

This Peace Pole is right outside the entrance of the Valdez Museum.

The four sided Peace Pole bears the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, in the following languages:
English, Russian, Japanese, Yupik.

3rd Annual International Walk for Peace-Woodstock, NY-USA

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

August 6th, 2011

Walkers gathered in the parking lot near the center of town. The walk commenced with the spectacular parade of colorful flags of all nations through the town, past the village green, and continuing along Route 212 to Comeau Drive, then on to Comeau Field, where the World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony took place, around the Peace Pole, followed by guest speakers, special musical guests, and other entertainments to include Native American blessing ceremony.

woodstock group photo

The Walk

WPPC Woodstock 2011

World Peace Flag Ceremony at local event, Wassaic, NY-USA

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

August 7th, 2011

Staff of The World Peace Sanctuary presented the World Peace Flag Ceremony at Wunjo gathering.


Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

An International Peace Pole was planted at Friedensaal Evangelical Lutheran Church, Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania (which is located in southern York County) as part of their 2011 Vacation Bible School. The Peace Pole was dedicated on Sunday, July 17th, 2011 as part of the Sunday worship.

The theme of the 2011 Vacation Bible School was “God Loves All the Children of the World.” The truth taught was: God loves each one of us; therefore we are to love one another and live in peace with one another. Being peacemakers was encouraged among all the age-groups of the children. They are the generation that gives us all hope for peace in this world.

The four message plaques on our Peace Pole bear the prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in four languages:
ENGLISH – the language of our nation
GERMAN – in honor of the language of the German immigrant forefathers and foremothers who founded Friedensaal Church
(“Friedensaal” means Hall of Peace in German)
SWAHILI – in honor of our sister Lutheran Synod, the Konde Diocese in Tanzania
JAPANESE – in honor of Ryan George Degucci, his Japanese-American grandson who was born in Japan, by George Scoufalos

The Peace Pole at Friedensaal is planted in a prominent place adjacent to the Hall of Hope, the new large Social Hall of the congregation.
It stands in the middle of a new flower garden in which the children of the Vacation Bible School planted the flowers.

The Peace Pole was hand-crafted and constructed for longevity by one of the congregations members, Mr. Hans Breden.

May Peace Prevail On Earth.
The Reverend Margareta M. Breden

Photo by Jennifer Horan.

3 Peace Poles donated to schools in ISRAEL

Thursday, October 20th, 2011


Our Japanese group visited Israel and donated Peace Poles to to Keshet School, Nesoe School and Hand in Hand School in Jerusalem where Jewish children and Arabic children study together.

It was Purim Festival Season for the Jews. It is a celebration in honor of their ancestors when they were relieved by the Persian people from Babylon.
The Peace Pole were well received!

Keshet School

Nesoe School

Hand in Hand School

Hand in Hand school

Keshet School

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Akemi Tomari

“South Korea” by Mr. Kim In Jae

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

April 9th, 2011

The 16th Annual Kwanju World Peace Prayer Ceremony was held at The Art-Culture Center of Kwanju City, South Korea by Social Welfare group Jin-Ae Garden.

After the speeches by distinguished guests and Prof. Hideo Nakazawa, a Councilor of The Goi Peace Foundation read the message from Mr. Hiroo Saionji, President of The World Peace Prayer Society.

More than 300 people participated in the World Peace Prayer Flag Ceremony with the country images on the big screen on the stage.

We incorporated the various news images before each region of the world was announced, so that the participants would be able to imagine how serious those area needed the prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth.

At the finale, children raised a globe on the stage. It was very symbolic for the bright future.

After the ceremony, Vvarious groups of the Jin-Ae garden performed their songs, dances, performances, etc.

May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Kim In Jae/ Founder of Jin-Ae garden

Visiting Prime Minister of Bhutan and desktop Peace Pole – BHUTAN

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

April 12th, 2011

Our Japanese group visited the Prime Minister of Bhutan, Mr. Jigme Thinley at Tashichho Dzong where they have the highest ranked Buddhist temple in their country.

We introduced him to the mission of The World Peace Prayer Society and gave him a desk top Peace Pole as our gift from our heart.

Mr. Thinley informed us that after the largest earthquake occurrence in Japan, this past March; the VIPs in their government and embassies in their country gave a memorial ceremony for the victims of Japan. I was so moved to hear that.

Peace Pole Dedication at Schools in Paolo City-BHUTAN

We also visited Lango Elementary School and Lango Junior High School in Paolo City and gave them an 8 foot tall Peace Pole as our gift.
The Principal of the school had great consciousness for Peace and understood our purpose very well.

We enjoyed World Peace Flag Ceremonies with students after Peace Pole dedication ceremony in each school.
The students are so pure and their smiles are so bright!!

May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Seki Kato