Archive for September, 2013

World Peace Flag Ceremony for IDP on Long Island, NY-USA

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

September 22nd, 2013

We held an International Day of Peace at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock today on Sunday September 22 on our outdoor Patio beside the Peace Pole standing on the spacious lawn. Ben Bortin announced that prayers of peace would be given to the Hispanic countries in appreciation of our neighbors and their cultures. A poem was read in Spanish and English by Ron Roel and Audrey Murphy. Willow, led by Farah Chandu and the childrens’ choir, with conductor George Weisman sang songs of peace.



The World Peace Flag Ceremony  ended with a procession to the Peace Pole displaying most of the Latin American flags and then the flags of countries in crisis such as Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel and Palestine.


The ceremony closed with the prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth.


“Congregation for Humanistic Judaism Sunday School students make peace cranes and receive mini Peace Poles in honor of 2013 International Day of Peace.” Westport, Connecticut-USA

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

September 22nd, 2013

We all now know how to “sign” May Peace Prevail On Earth!”

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Bedford Middle School, Westport, CT
Gail Ostrow

Announcing the Winners and Finalist of the 2013 ~16th Annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards.

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

This year we received thousands of works of art from children all over the globe.

Theme for 2013:  The International Day of Peace – “Peace Day.”  We asked the children, “What does peace day mean to you?”

20 pieces of artwork were selected from each age category as FINALISTS. The first, second and third place winners were then selected by a panel of International Judges.

Please visit Peace Pals International to see the Winners & Finalist of the 2013 ~16th Annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards.



We welcome nine new countries to join Peace Pals International.
Camboida * Kazakhstan * Macedonia * Montenegro * Rwanda * Saudi Arabia

Please visit our Ambassador of Peace collection, featuring the artwork of children from 83 countries.

A special thank you goes to our friends at The International Day of Peace and The Culture of Peace Initiative. Together with both IDP and CPI, we received a beautiful selection of artwork from children highlighting what “Peace Day,” meant to them.

Thank you to our International Judges who once again took to the task of judging the artwork.

Celebrating IDP in City of Greater Geelong-AUSTRALIA

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

September 20th, 2013

Hi All,

Sending a few photos while it is on my mind. It was a beautiful event shared between the Geelong Interfaith and The City of Greater Geelong.We began with introductory remarks by myself, who was MC, Monsignor Murray, who is the Interfaith Chairperson and Councillor John Irvine, who was representing the Mayor. This allowed people to hear about the International Day of Peace itself, what peace means, coming from Monsignor and also the Mayors for Peace initiative, of which Geelong is a member city as of 2010.

From here we had Veema Mooniapah, from Mauritius, read an Interfaith prayer, containing one line from all the main faiths. Veema is our liason person between the City and Interfaith and has done so much to help bring this day into fruition. She has also managed to get a commitment from the City Council to put IDP on their calendar as a permanent yearly event. I am so glad I followed my intuition earlier in February to start the process for this event to occur.

We then encouraged participants to carry up to three flags each as we did a peace walk around the block of City Hall. The sun shone and there was so much joy emanating as we did our circuit. On return to our starting point, the local paper took a group photo. I hope to get hold of a copy.


From here we began the World Peace Flag Ceremony, announcing each country and saying, ‘May Peace Be in (country name).

We were overjoyed that many refugees from the Karenni people and South Sudan took part in our ceremony today. People from other nations were also present. To have them possibly carry their own flag and many flags of other nations was superb!


As this ended I formally presented the portable Peace Pole to John Irvine, on behalf of Geelong Interfaith and it is now resident in the Foyer of City Hall…Yehhhhh!


We ended our ceremony with a musical item from the group ‘Like Honey’, being made up of some of my beautiful acabella teachers/cohorts, Belindal McArdle, Lisa Singline and Sue Hindle. Peace based songs gladdened all our hearts.

Off for refreshments in City Hall to close the morning…by then early afternoon.

Truly a wonderful, wonderful celebration!

Tomorrow, many of us are meeting at the Botanic Gardens in Geelong at 1pm to do another ceremony by the Peace Pole we donated in 2004. It just felt right to join again on the actual day.

My love to you all,

Jenny  (*0*) Funston

May Peace Prevail On Earth

Peace Pole re-dedication Ceremony at Black Rock Elementary School, Bridgeport, CT-USA

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

September 19th, 2013

We combined our annual re-dedication of our Peace Pole (planted in 2006) with the peace crane project.

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Gail Ostrow
Robb Sauerhoff
Bridgeport, CT-USA

Peace Pole planted by the Sacred Medicine Wheel, Lancaster Kentucky-USA

Monday, September 16th, 2013

September 21st, 2013

On the Equinox-2012, we dedicated our Peace Poles next to the Community Medicine Wheel in Lancaster, Kentucky.  Everyone present wrote their prayers on pieces of cloth and tied them onto the two Peace Poles.  One bears the Peace Message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in Hopi and the other in English.

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On September 21 2013, we will remove last years prayers  and burn them in the sacred fire.
We will again write our prayers and repeat the process.

It will be continued every year!!


Blessings to our beloved Hopi teacher Reverend Jeremie Leckron💗


May Peace Prevail on Earth!


Mary Vance-Perry

Peace Pole in town of Captain Cook —HAWAII-USA

Monday, September 16th, 2013

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Hiroshima Event in NYC-USA

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Let The Bells of Peace Ring

Aug. 5, 2013

Reverend Dr. T. Kenjitsu Nakagaki, Japanese Buddhist Priest, President of the Buddhist Council of New York and Vice Chair of the Interfaith Center of New York, hosted his 19th annual Hiroshima Day event in New York City, this year at the chapel of the Interchurch Center on Riverside Drive. More than 200 people attended this deeply moving service commemorating the atomic bomb blasts over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.


Offerings included prayers by representatives of different religions, messages from the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, peace poems by Holocaust survivor Greta Elbogen, and sharing by Tomiko Morimoto West, a Hiroshima survivor or “hibakusha.” There was beautiful music performed by soprano StacyLyn Bennett, shakuhachi flute player Ronnie Seldin, and Japanese pop star Shinji Harada, as well as a film on the Nagasaki blast.


The World Peace Prayer Society, a supporter of this event for many years, was represented by Rev. Deborah Moldow, who gave a brief speech explaining the origin of the WPPS Peace Bell, a gift from the War and Peace Foundation made of recycled weapons of war. She compared the repurposing of the metal in the gong to the transformed spirit of the Japanese people who asked for peace rather than vengeance.

Everyone held one of the WPPS flags of the world for the ringing of the Peace Bell at 7:15 p.m., simultaneously with the bell rung in Hiroshima at 8:15 a.m., the time the bomb exploded. The presenters each rang the bell and said a brief prayer or slogan that was repeated by the audience, with Deborah saying, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” and T.K. saying the same prayer in Japanese.


For the finale, Pete Seeger led everyone in a moving song he composed for the annual commemoration, as the flags of the world waved together in one united voice for peace.

There is a video of the event at

Corcoran Community Garden Peace Pole planting–Minnesota-USA

Monday, September 16th, 2013

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Peace Pole of Degersheim-SWITZERLAND

Monday, September 16th, 2013


The Catholic Church in Switzerland reports on its website “” about a Peace Pole planted in 2012 in the Swiss village of Degersheim.

According to the article the local priest gave an impressive speech.

Immigrants from Albania, Kosovo and Eritrea, whose families currently reside in Switzerland, gave speeches during the Peace Pole dedication Ceremony. The German translation of “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on this Peace Pole is the local dialect spoken around Degersheim. The online article also mentions the Founder of The World Peace Prayer Society, Mr Masahisa Goi and that the Swiss-handcrafted Peace Poles (wood painted in white colour) are all produced in an ecovillage in Degersheim named “Senrueti.”


Dagmar Berkenberg, WPPS-Munich, Germany