Archive for October, 2013

Peace Pole or IDP at “Imagine School at Cortez Park, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Monday, October 7th, 2013

September 20, 2013

Hello Ann Marie,

I hope this finds you doing well.

I wanted to send you some pictures of our Peace Pole planting and give you background on our school.


Imagine School at Cortez Park is a charter school in Phoenix Arizona that is unique in that although we are located in the South West, our greatest population of students are Burmese. The recent refugees from Burma have found a new home in Phoenix  Arizona and our school has been lucky to have been chosen to help the children make a smooth transition to life in the U.S. Our school is more than a multicultural learning institution, it is a “beacon of peace and hope” for these parents and children and we feel blessed to have them in our fold.


On September 20, 2013, in honor of IDP, our school gathered around to plant our Peace Pole and to remind our parents and students that we are committed  to our shared values:  Justice, Integrity and Fun!


We believe that only through these shared values and through our dedication to our 6 measures of excellence can we help all children reach their full potential, no exceptions.

Our Peace Pole bears the Peace Message in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Burmese ,Arabic, Albanian and Karen. These are the voices of our students and we feel so proud to have become part of this great organization.


We look forward to continuing to celebrate with you on this special day and bring peace to our children, neighborhood and community.

Sincerely yours,

Mr. Gregory R. van Goidtsnoven M.Ed.
Academic Dean
Imagine Schools Cortez Park

Mayor For Peace on the International Day of Peace – Peekskill, NY- USA

Monday, October 7th, 2013

September 21st, 2013

Dear Ann Marie,

I am so happy to announce that our Mayor of Peekskill, Mary Foster did indeed follow through with her promise of an IDP ceremony in Peekskill NY this year.


She bought a 4 sided Peace Pole, with eight languages on it and had in planted at the Neighborhood Plaza outside our Field Library.


On Sept. 21st, at 10:30am, children and adults gathered to have the Peace Pole dedicated and hold our first  Flags of All Nations ceremony. After reading our regions countries list,  the flag cards were placed in the shape of a Peace Sign and we gathered around it for closing words and song.


I am both happy and proud to send you these pictures, please use what you can.


May Peace Prevail In Peekskill NY!

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Irene Kabot

Speaking Your Peace, Inc.

May Peace Prevail in the hearts and minds of all mankind!

May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Ardmore Rotary Club spreads the Universal Peace Message, May Peace Prevail On Earth! Wynnewood, Pennsylvania – USA

Monday, October 7th, 2013

September 25th, 2013

The Rotary Club of Ardmore dedicated its newly installed Peace Pole at Wynnewood Valley Park’s Sensory Garden Wednesday. Officials from Lower Merion Township and Lower Merion Conservancy and Rotary International Past President Wilf Wilkinson of Ontario, Canada, joined members of the community and the Ardmore Rotary for the ceremony.


The Peace Pole’s setting in the Sensory Garden is appropriate. The Rotary Club of Ardmore, in partnership with the Township of Lower Merion, built and dedicated the Wynnewood Valley Park “Garden for the Blind and Children” in 1977. Created by the late Bill Mulford, a Rotarian and professional landscaper, the multi-tiered garden introduced Braille plates to identify the flowers and shrubs.

The garden is located at 1500 Remington Road in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania-USA

Four Peace Poles Installed in Rockford Neighborhoods – Illinois, USA

Monday, October 7th, 2013

September 27th, 2013

Multiple drive-by shootings over the past week in three of Rockford’s housing projects have many people who live in and around those areas fearing for their safety.

Families hope the installation of a Peace Pole today is a turning point for their neighborhood.

The (4) Peace Poles (which bear the Universal Peace Message “May Peace Prevail On Earth”) were  installed at  the following housing projects:

Blackhawk, Fairgrounds, Orton Keys, and the Jane Addams Housing Complexes

Peace Pole Dedication at the annual Virginia Cottage ice cream social, — Richmond Indiana-USA

Monday, October 7th, 2013

September 20th, 2013

Earlham’s College Peace Pole is a joint project of the Newlin Center for Quaker Thought and Practice and the Office of Religious Life, both of which are housed in Virginia Cottage.

“Working toward peace in the world is one of our main motives for educating our students and community,” says Kelly Burk, director of the Office of Religious Life. “This is a visible sign to the campus of what we do in the building and what our work is.”

The Peace Pole has four sides, and each side says “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in two languages in the following languages: English, Hebrew, Greek, Arabic, Japanese, Tibetan, Spanish and Swahili.

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“We consulted the religion department to tie the languages represented to religious diversity,” says Burk.

Earlham’s Peace Pole is situated just outside the Virginia Cottage in a newly planted Peace Garden, complete with a bench and wind chimes.

The Virginia Cottage ice cream social and dedication are part of Earlham’s yearlong initiative promoting interfaith relations.

Denise Purcell

Media Relations Associate
Earlham College,

Richmond, Indiana-USA

Schengen Plants Peace Pole – Germany

Monday, October 7th, 2013

September 12th, 2013

A very bold move took place in 1985 when the Schengen Agreement was signed near the town of Schengen in Luxembourg.  Soon after border checks and visa requirements were abolished between the three bordering countries of Luxembourg, France and Germany.  The spirit of Schengen demonstrated that once waring nations can live in peace and harmony.  .  The agreement served as a model for the European Union with many countries worldwide looking to Schengen for inspiration to this day.

In the Spirit of Schengen, the municipality of Schengen and the Schengen European Center funded by the European Union organized a Peace Pole dedication ceremony on September 12th, 2013.  The event was attended by Ben Homan, Mayor of Schengen, Minister of Culture, Octavie Modert and Martine Hansen, Minister for Higher Education and Science.  The event was especially blessed by the presence of Ms. Masami Saionji, Chairperson of the World Peace Prayer Society who flew in from Japan for this occasion.

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While the Anthem of the European Union played in the background, over 100 children from the Schengen Lyceum in Perl, Germany marched into the European Plaza carrying the flags of the world to commence the ceremony.  Speeches by government dignitaries were followed by words of Mrs Saionji who then joined the dignitaries to unveil the six sided Peace Pole.

To close the ceremony, Dagmar Berkenberg led the children and guest in the Flag Ceremony until peace was sent out to each nation of world humanity.   All participants enthusiastically joined in by repeating the universal message of peace, May Peace Prevail On Earth, sending out heartfelt wishes for peace on earth from the heart center of the town of Schengen.

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Peace Pole Re-Dedication Celebrates the UN International Day of Peace at the Chapel of Croton Falls in Westchester, NY-USA

Friday, October 4th, 2013

September 22nd, 2013

The Chapel at Croton Falls hosted an Interfaith Sunday on September 22nd to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace with the annual re-dedication of its Peace Pole.

The beautiful service, led by Rev. Deborah Moldow of the World Peace Prayer Society, included Native American wisdom on the autumnal equinox by Anishinabe medicine man Bear Walker. Also on hand was Sunera Rahman of the American Muslim Women’s Association, who gave a moving presentation on the true meaning of jihad.

Hans & Bear with Peace Pole Deborah and Group with Flags Sunera Speaks

Pastor Hans Hallundbaek led the procession with flags outdoors to the Peace Pole, where everyone added their special prayers before closing with, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

Peace Pole Dedicated at Florham Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey-USA

Friday, October 4th, 2013

September 25th, 2013

Dr. Jo Anne Murphy, the Director of Programs with Intergovernmental and Nongovernmental Organizations for the Office of Global Learning at Fairleigh Dickinson University, is a passionate supporter of the United Nations and also the prayer, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” She previously organized a busload of international students to carry the flags of many nations at “United for a Culture of Peace Through Interfaith Harmony” in the United Nations General Assembly on February 14, 2013.

Dan Landau Photography

Dan Landau Photography

Dr. Murphy arranged for a Peace Pole to be dedicated at the Reflection Garden on the College at Florham campus of Fairleigh Dickinson in Madison, New Jersey on September 25, 2013. Welcoming the guests was Dr. Peter Woolley, Provost of the College at Florham, who asked everyone to consider whether humanity was hard-wired for warfare. WPPS UN Representative Deborah Moldow countered that she believes humanity is in the midst of a transition to a new culture of peace that will be different from our history to date. She indicated that the Peace Poles around the world are seeding this exciting new time. Dr. Murphy spoke of the importance of finding peace within. She also introduced additional guests, including Abdullah AL Asousi, a UN/NGO Pathways Student, and Donna Rosa, President of the UNA-USA Northern New Jersey Chapter.

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FDU Student with Peace Pole

Following the dedication ceremony, everyone gathered at Lenfell Hall (called “The Mansion”) for a dinner reception and a peace discussion. Each table was given different topics related to peace, and the fruits of the various conversations were shared. It was a joy to hear the FDU students speaking about the wider world with considerable knowledge accompanied by a sense of compassion, giving great hope for the future.

Fairleigh Dickinson had celebrated the International Day of Peace the previous week with various activities that included decorating a large boulder in front of Lenfell Hall. On September 21st, FDU’s Facebook page also invited students at the Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck to:

Pause and reflect during FDU’s International Peace Week. Visit the peace pole at the FDU Metropolitan Campus.

It bears the same message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” in 12 different languages – English, Spanish, French, Russian, Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Swahili and Hindi.

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International Day of Peace 2013 in Central Park, New York City-USA

Friday, October 4th, 2013

September 21st, 2013

The first Vigil For International Peace and Ecology was held on the 21st of September, 2002 to coincide with the U.N. Resolution for the International Day of Peace. It has since been held in the Band Shell in New York’s Central Park on the closest weekend to September 21st. The Vigil has been the vision of U.N. staff member Susana Bastarrica to create an event to celebrate, transform and inspire all peoples to share a peaceful and joyful planet.


This year, the Vigil was held on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9.00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Throughout the day, the celebration featured renowned speakers, children’s choirs, international performers, dancers and poets. Representatives and leaders from a variety of local, national, and international organizations also joined the festivities. Susana thanked each performer with the phrase, “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” an ongoing theme of the day.

As always, a highlight of the day was the World Peace Flag Ceremony. Deborah Moldow, U.N. Representative for the World Peace Prayer Society, invited everyone who was on stage and those gathered in the park to take the flags of all nations and raise them in turn, calling out the country names. The ceremony closed with everyone saying three times, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

Photo by Andrew Kaen -

Photo by Andrew Kaen –

Human Peace Sign in Times Square on The International Day of Peace – NYC – USA

Friday, October 4th, 2013

September 21st, 2013

Paul Sladkus of Good News Broadcast organized a human peace sign and Peace Day Party in New York’s Times Square on September 21, 2013, the UN International Day of Peace.

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Sladkus began by placing in the center of Duffy Square at 46th Street a Peace Pole that had been decorated by international students at the UN observance of the International Day of Peace on Wednesday, September 18th with “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in many of the world’s languages. He then invited people – including tourists from around the world who were passing by – to each take a flag of one of the world’s nations and stand along the outlined peace sign to await the Minute of Silence at 12 noon.

At the stroke of noon, about 100 people raised the flags in silence for one minute – quite a unique event in itself for the heart of New York City. Following the silence, everyone said, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” three times, waving the flags. Then the Peace Party began, as all sang along with a series of uplifting songs from Frank Sinatra singing “High Hopes” to John Lennon’s “Imagine” to “Tomorrow” from the show, “Annie.”

Peace Sign Photo by Andrew Kaen

Peace Sign Photo by Andrew Kaen

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Paul Sladkus ended the event by interviewing a number of the participants on camera, including Deborah Moldow of the World Peace Prayer Society. Videos of this historic event can be seen on

In addition, the NASDAQ electronic sign on 43rd Street in Times Square displayed the UN’s Education for Peace poster at 12 noon on the International Day of Peace!