Archive for November, 2014

Peace Pals International – 2014 Finalist from Chennai, India

Monday, November 24th, 2014

November 24, 2014

Congratulations Meghna unnikrishnan, age 10 from Chennai, India who was one of our Finalist in her age category in the 17th annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards!

This year we received thousands of works of art from children all over the globe.
Theme for 2014:  “Right to Peace.”
The theme of the 2014 UN International Day of Peace.

We received a message from Meghna with her photo:


This is Meghna unnikrishnan from India. I received the medal, certificate and gifts from Peace Pals International for being the finalist. Thank You very much. Really loved it.

Attaching my photo with the medal and certificate with this mail. And here is the link to my blog where I have posted news about the contest.

Thanks & Best Regards
Chennai, India


If  you were a Winner or Finalist in the Peace Pals Art Exhibition and Awards contest for 2014, please send your photos to
To see all of our Winners and Finalist for 2014 – Please click here.

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Volcano Erupts – Peace Pole stands atop Mount Ontake in Central JAPAN

Monday, November 24th, 2014

October 27th, 2014

On September 27th, there was a sudden explosion on  Mount Ontake in Central Japan where a Peace Pole was planted by WPPS volunteers awhile ago.  In our amazement, the Peace Pole with minimum damage is still standing atop of Mount Ontake.  Unfortunately, 56 climbers died and 7 are still missing, as of  October 15, 2014.

It was shocking for the Japanese people since the mountain was popular for climbing, and assumed to be absolutely safe from volcano eruption.


We pray that the victims sleep in peace.

May Peace be at Mount Ontake!   May Peace be in Japan!  May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Reported by K. Fukuse

Peace Pole planted by WPPS member- California – USA

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Thank you very much for helping us.


May Peace Prevail on Earth.

Aki Goto

Blessing for the Peace Pole inside St. Anthony’s of Padua Church-Casper, Wyoming – USA

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

October 3rd, 2014

After a blessing for the Peace Pole inside St. Anthony’s of Padua Church and benediction, this Peace Pole was planted on the church grounds.  Fr. Lucas Simango is in the photographs.




St. Anthony’s of Padua Church
605 S. Center, Casper, Wyoming-USA
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South Rotary’s Peace Pole a reminder at Fowler Park in Atlanta, Georgia – USA

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

October 6th, 2014

The Rotary Club of South Forsyth, addresses the crowd Wednesday during the dedication of a Peace Pole the club installed at Fowler Park in Atlanta, Georgia.


Unitarian Community plants a Peace Pole by church building built in 1894- a historic site in Housatonic, Massachusetts – USA

Monday, November 17th, 2014

October 5th, 2014

The Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire planted a Peace Pole on October 5th as part of a dedication ceremony to celebrate the purchase of its church building in Housatonic, MA. Our congregation has been in existence for 19 years but we always had to rent space wherever we could find it. When the Congregational Church in Housatonic (a village of Great Barrington) sold their building to us this last June, their former minister Belle Fox Martin gave us a Peace Pole as a gift from one congregation to another. The church was built in 1894 in the heart of the town next to the library and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It will not only serve as a place for worship by the Unitarian community in the region, but it will remain a resource for the greater community as well. We are proud to be stewards of this historic building that now has a Peace Pole prominently installed next to our sign, a statement of our ideals and hopes for a more peaceful world.



Many thanks,

Dianna Downing, President Board of Trustees
Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire
1089 Main Street
Housatonic, MA 01236

Albany New York – Peace Poles – USA

Thursday, November 6th, 2014


In early October, Westminster Presbyterian Church planted 2 Peace Poles in the City of Albany, New York.    When our friends in our partnership church, located in Tema, Ghana, were planning a visit this fall, we decided this would be a great activity to ground our connection together.


We chose two dialects from Ghana for our Peace Pole – Twi and Ga.   In 2015, we plan to plant two more Peace Poles in Tema.   Our pastor, Rev. Frances Rosenau officiated both ceremonies where our refrain was, “May Peace Prevail On Earth!” Amen.


Owner: Westminster Presbyterian Church 262 State St., Albany NY 12210
Contact: Sheila Wrede

Peace Poles are located at:
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 262 State St., Albany, NY 12210
Capital South Campus Center,  20 Warren St, Albany, NY 12202

Rededication Peace Pole Ceremony – Jim Dugan gives the IDP Keynote Address at CT Valley Hospital, Middletown, Connecticut – USA

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

September 23rd, 2014

In 2012 Jim Dugan and Ann Marie Robustelli from The World Peace Prayer Society facilitated a World Peace Flag Ceremony at the Connecticut Valley Hospital in honor of the International Day of Peace.

On September 23rd, 2014, Jim Dugan was invited as a keynote speaker for the two International Day of Peace (IDP) events and rededication Peace Pole Ceremony at the Connecticut Valley Hospital.

Photo: Tracy Starbird

Photo: Tracy Starbird

The Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut, is a public hospital operated by the state of Connecticut to treat people with mental illness. It is formerly known as the “Connecticut General Hospital for the Insane.” Today the hospital works to treat patients respectfully and with care and that was evident at their IDP events this year. The first event was held in the maximum security wing and the second event was held in the Yerbury Chapel. The day ended with the rededication of the Hospital’s Peace Pole located outside the beautiful Chapel. Hung on the exteriors of buildings all around the large Hospital campus were banners with the message,  “May Peace Prevail at CT Valley Hospital.”  Jim was accompanied by his wife Jackie.

In Jim’s addresses he spoke about the meaning of the International Day of Peace in all of our lives and about this year’s theme of “The Right of People to Peace.” It was a perfect topic to share with the patients and staff in this setting with consideration to all their challenges in life, in addition to all that is happening across the planet. Prior to Jim’s keynote address several religious leaders and hospital staff addressed the audiences, which included Israel Martinez, Director of Multicultural Affairs for the Hospital, CT Valley Hospital Chief Executive Officer Helene Vartelas, Abdelgahoni Battell Hall. The events were opened with bagpipes and a choir lead everyone in several moving peace related songs.

Photo: Tracy Starbird

Photo: Tracy Starbird

The Peace Pole at CT Valley Hospital bears the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” translated in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Swahili.

The World Peace Prayer Society

Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese people who aim for peace from Asia! Peace Pole on Jeju Island, KOREA

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

October 19, 2014

We planted a Peace Pole and held a World Peace Prayer Ceremony at JEJU Peace Festival 2014 in Jeju island, Korea.  It was a beautiful day and everything went perfect.



The JEJU Peace Festival 2014 was held in cooperation by Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese people who aim for peace from Asia.

Mr. Kanpei Kushida is a member of the steering committee and he is a singer/peace walker.  He made friends in his Peace walk throughout Korea, which inspired them to have the festival. (He also helped Okayama Peace Walk this year.)

The festival offered a Peace tree plantation, music, dancing and other festivities.


There was also a group of musicians,  named “The Family” and they offered music and song which incorporated the words,  “May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

I met many people from Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China and felt that there were so many people taking action for creating peaceful world.

It was great and exciting to see these people.

Mr. Hajime Sakazaki

Peace Pole in France to celebrate the International Day of Peace – Nantes, FRANCE

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

September 21st, 2014

I live in Nantes, France.  I planted a Peace Pole in my garden to celebrate the International Day of Peace.  After I installed the Peace Pole, I had a World Peace Prayer Ceremony  and joined in spirit with people from around the world.   The weather was beautiful.  It was a perfect day for sending waves of love and healing and peace to humanity.


Que la Paix règne dans le Monde!
May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Nicole B Cressiot