Archive for October, 2014

International Day of Peace – St. Pat’s to dedicate Peace Pole – Grand Haven, Michigan – USA

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

In observance of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace worldwide, the public is invited to a local observance at St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish in Grand Haven to join in the dedication of a hand-crafted Peace Pole.

“Pope Francis has asked all people to observe the International Day of Peace no matter whether they attend church or not, and we welcome anyone who is interested to join us as we dedicate this long-lasting monument to peace,” said Sally Moser, an International Day of Peace event organizer for the Grand Haven parish.

Parishioner Bud Lothschutz has hand-crafted the Peace Pole, which will remain on view in its outside location in perpetuity at the parish.


“We hope that, as people pass by the Peace Pole, it will inspire them to pray for the world — as we feel the world is in great need of prayer at this time in history,” Moser said.

“Our Peace Pole is unique, in that it represents the countries of our St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish ministries,” Moser said. “We have the English language for our parishioners, French to honor our sister parish in Haiti, Spanish to honor our various Spanish ministries, and Nepali to honor our Bhutanese refugee families who have resettled in Grand Haven and sponsored by our church, in partnership with Bethany Christian Services.”

Raise a Peace Pole – La Casa de Maria – Santa Barbara, California – USA

Friday, October 10th, 2014

September 21 Marks International Peace Day

Friday, September 19th, 2014

International Peace Day-September 21, is an annual occasion worth observing in several ways. One way is to gather around our local Peace Pole with people who care, as we do, about generating peace within and extending it beyond ourselves into the world.

One special local Peace Pole stands at La Casa de Maria, given by Jolene DeLisa, with whom I spoke in May.


Could you tell me about the reason you donated this Peace Pole to La Casa de Maria?

I found out about Peace Poles through Dave at Peace Pole Makers when we went to Russia in 1987 and planted a Peace Pole in Moscow. I had met Dave during the Great Peace March in 1986. This one at La Casa was dedicated in 1997 to commemorate my son’s 40th birthday. He was killed in Hawaii in a helicopter crash on September 11, 1991. He was my only son, my only close family. It’s a long story. I wrote about it in Unmasked.


What do you envision for the future, and how do you think we can get there?

Peace making is hard work. It happens one step at a time — just like we walked across America one step at a time [for peace]. It was a difficult journey, living in tents, walking for nine months. In Iowa it was 104 degrees. I was nearly 60 at the time. It was 3,701 miles from Los Angeles to New York to Washington D.C.

On September 21, please help celebrate International Peace Day by gathering with your friends around a Peace Pole in your community reciting the words, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” One step at a time, we can make it happen.   Excerpt from interview given by:  Jacqueline Spoehel O’Connor

International Day of Peace – Mysterious ‘Peace Pole’ stumps Westport officials – Westport, Connecticut – USA

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

September 21st, 2014

WESTPORT – Officials in Westport are all for peace, but they’re stumped by who left a “Peace Pole” firmly planted in the dirt next to a sign for the Town Hall on Myrtle Avenue.

It didn’t show up overnight, but it has gone relatively unnoticed. “Nobody has any recollection, which is very unusual,” says Westport Selectman Helen Garten, who would like to find out who placed the Peace Pole at its current location.


The white Peace Pole with black letters reads, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” and “May Peace Be in Our Homes and Communities.” It is a simple message that is spreading globally, with peace poles popping up all over the place.


International Day of Peace – Melton Youth Club – Leicestershire, England

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

IDP – Members of Melton Youth Club handcrafted and planted three ‘Peace Poles’ to commemorate the International Day of Peace,  Charnwood, Melton, Leicestershire, ENGLAND

September 21st, 2014

Youngsters handcrafted the Peace Poles themselves and put them outside St Francis Convent Club, St John’s Church and St Peter’s Church to illustrate different themes relating to peaceful issues. Each Peace Pole was blessed before being planted outside in a service of dedication.


International Day of Peace – Iwashimizu Hachimangu, Shinto-Shrine, Kyoto – JAPAN

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

September 21st, 2014

Iwashmizu Hachimangu Shrine is one of the most famous Shinto Shrines in Kyoto.

Yukio Wada a member of The World Peace Prayer Society in Kyoto contacted  Mr. Nishi, Headmaster of the Iwashimizu Hachimangu  Shrine, to offer a World Peace Prayer Ceremony (WPPC)  in honor of the International Day of Peace.   Mr. Nishi kindly accepted their offer.

On the day prior to the WPPC, more than seventy people from Kyoto area and Tokyo gathered for an official prayer meeting which embodied the main shrine.  They reported that the atmosphere of the shrine was pure and serene.


Everyone was moved by the story about the Iwashimizu Hachimangu, Shinto-Shrine, as told by Mr. Nishi.

The WPPC was held in the Seiho-den building of the shrine.  Everyone felt renewed after praying for peace for the people and land of each country around the world!

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Authentic Imperfections and the Power of the International Day of Peace – Sacramento, California – USA

Monday, October 6th, 2014

September 21, 2014

This year, I had the honor of helping to coordinate a World Flag Ceremony and Peace Pole Dedication on Capitol Park, Sacramento, California.  I sent out hundreds of event fliers and emails.  One beautiful PeaceWarrior, Joan Marie, emailed me back stating that she would attend and even met with Fumi Johns and I the day before the event in order to see how we planned for a World Flag Ceremony.  Joan came with a few friends and in her soft, confident way, assured us that she would be a hands-on helper in any way needed. Joan has spent several years acknowledging the need in our communities to share what we have and to accomplish this through a healthy body, quiet mind and peaceful heart. She asked if we could perform the World Flag Ceremony during her event planned for Carmichael Park, on 21 SEP 2014 (  This was a delightful experience of divine encounters – of course we would!



One morning, before Joan’s “Day of Peace 2014” event, we spoke on the phone about the power of words and how easily one’s intentions can be misunderstood. Joan said that she was learning to embrace her own, “authentic imperfections”. This provided and immediate and fresh awakening for me!  Hearing those words was like medicine for my soul. You see, no matter how much I expect of myself or how many good deeds I might reflect back on, there’s a part of me that is hypercritical and anxious about being “good enough”.  This year, being a part of the Live Call for a global meditation and hearing Peace Representatives from around the World speak the Universal Wish – “May Peace Prevail On Earth”, sponsored by Be The Peace (, as well as internalizing Joan Marie’s testimony that she vows to embrace her own Authentic Imperfection, I feel free, renewed, ready to engage my best, heart-centered Self with all of my Authentic Imperfections.  I hope that all of us will grow our passion to live for compassionate change through individual and collective peace. Happy Peace Day – everyday!


© Captain Reneé Marie, U. S. Army Reserve, Volunteer Peace Representative (WPPS), Sacramento, California, 21 September 2014

International Day of Peace – Peace Pole – Sutamarchán, Boyacá Colombia

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

September 21, 2014

We had a beautiful day at our finca (farm) in Sutamarchán, Boyacá Colombia. 15 of our neighbors and friends gathered for a barbecue and drinking my homemade wine (Blackberry and Prickly Pear). At 2:00 pm we made a circle around the Peace Pole I had stuck in the ground the day before. The four languages on our pole are Spanish, Arabic, Sanskrit and English. We circled the peace pole with small flags of all the countries I have visited or lived in, and US states I have lived in. I talked about the Peace Pole Project and the ceremonies going on at the same time around the world. Our friend Maria del Carmen led us in prayer, then we each picked up a flag and put them in a post in the meditation area while making a silent prayer for that country or state.



Then more wine and good conversation.

Dave y Diana

Plant A Tree For Peace followed by the Ambassador of Peace Tour in Dubai

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

September 21, 2014

Organized, Promoted and Reported by:  Simran Vedvyas,
Green Team Student Coordinator & Student at UAS Dubai

Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.– Lyndon B. Johnson

Peace matters today as wars and conflicts have spread to every continent. Every deed towards peace is important. The ESOL-UAS Green Team at The Universal American School, Dubai UAE successfully planned and showcased the edge by joining hands with global organizations like Eno Program, Peace Pals International and Peoples Climate March.  ‘The ENO Program (NGO)’ that has empowered 10000 schools in 157 countries to plant trees. Every September 21st trees are planted to celebrate the international day for peace. The program is now celebrating its10th anniversary.  17 million peace trees have been planted, with the aim to plant 100 million trees by 2017.


Enthusiastic students participated and supported the ‘Plant A Tree For Peace’ as they planted Tacoma trees in the school premises.  The Students also took a selfie beside the sapling with the message “I Plant A Tree For Peace”, which was then tweeted.


Another interesting highlight of the day was the ‘Ambassador of Peace tour in Dubai’.  This will be up throughout the week till 25th September 2014 and is organized for the first time in UAE with the consent of Peace Pal International USA that encourages children from around the world each year to submit their artwork for the Annual Peace Pals International Arts Exhibition and Awards.  2014 being the 17th Year celebration of spreading the message- ‘Right to Peace’, under the theme of the 2014 UN International Day of Peace.  The Program by World Peace Prayer Society, promotes the message- ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ as a simple, universal expression to unite the hearts of all people in our common desire and hope for peace on earth. The Ambassador Peace Tour project will also be showcased at the “What Works Conference” organized by KHDA ( Knowledge and Human Development Authority) during this month. ( )


Simran Vedvyas, the student Coordinator for the Event claimed that working to put up this exhibition was truly inspiring and interesting for her and she was further encouraged when Jules Lamore – Director Peace Pals International said- “Simran, I am so happy to hear from you and learn of your interest in promoting and sharing the Ambassador of Peace tour within Dubai.  This is quite wonderful and to hear from a young person such as yourself”.

On this special day, as a responsible youth she shares what inspires her“Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, you can be that generation” -Nelson Mandela .  

In her belief “Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations free. True peace with oneself and with the world around us can only be achieved through the development of mental peace.  It is important is that we each make a sincere effort to take responsibility for ourselves, each other and for the natural environment we live in seriously”.