Archive for September, 2015

Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations host 2015 Ambassador of Peace Art Exhibition in British Columbia, Victoria-CANADA

Monday, September 28th, 2015

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This year Greater Victoria Peace and Intercultural Celebrations approached Jules Lamore of Peace Pals International with an application to host the 2015 Ambassador of Peace Art Exhibition.

The children’s artwork from the exhibit has inspired our community and we are enjoying expanding our number of exhibits in unique ways.

​ Our first exhibit was held on April 25th & 26th at the Fourth Annual Creatively United for the Planet Earth Week Festival hosted by ​Creatively United for the Planet.  We had a unique opportunity to display the artwork in the storefront windows along a pathway in a beautiful three- acre garden at the English Inn  located in one of our historical communities called Esquimalt.  The art exhibition became a talking point with the Canadian Peace Initiative and local Sierra Club. Shortly after displaying the children’s artwork, it was noticed that T-shirts that had been donated to the table as a fundraiser had the same peace message, May Peace Prevail on Earth!  The T-shirts were donated by one of our well-known early peace pioneers, Louise Taylor.

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​​Our second exhibit was actually a talking circle with a group of 4th grade students at Brentwood Bay Elementary in our Greater Victoria Community of Central Saanich.  The World Children’s Summit on Peace and Nature held four workshops with four classes in one day. ​The workshop topics were on:  Storytelling, Nature Photography, Music with the Ukulele and Contemplation with the Labyrinth.  As part of the Labyrinth Workshop the children began a conversation about values.  This was introduced with the amazing artwork from children around the world that each piece of artwork had a different value focus.  The children chose artwork that was meaningful to them to introduce as we went around our circle.  They shared the country, the child’s name and the values they recognized.  It started a lively conversation!  The children then made up their own list of values identifying what was important to them in their classroom!  At the end of the day we shared what we experienced in our workshop with the other three classes by creating a simple heart shaped labyrinth.  We let the children choose one piece of artwork to walk with in​to the center of the labyrinth, while reflecting on the artwork they chose.

​Reaching the center they put their artwork into the center heart!  It was stunning​ to see eighty-six children walking through the labyrinth quietly!

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For the month of June our Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch is displaying The Ambassador of Peace Art Exhibit to celebrate June’s World Refugee Day!  They have created a beautiful display as you enter the Children’s area of their Library. 

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The Ambassador of Peace is currently scheduled to be displayed at a storefront gallery at the Fernwood Community Center the August 27th until September 13th, ’15.  This display will compliment the host display called, Puppets for Peace.”  A unique creative project combining another form of art and celebration!  

September 13th will kick off Greater Victoria ‘s 2nd Annual Peace Week Project with a Puppets for Peace Festival.  This is a calendar of peace themed events to nurture a communities focus of attention on peace.   A grassroots campaign to support local peace events with a vision of local schools, organizations and businesses hosting their own events with a willingness to talk about it!  The grand event for September 21st this year will be hosted by the World Children’s Summit on Peace and Nature.  Plans are for this to be Victoria’s final Ambassador of Peace Exhibit.  The World Summit is planning to host guest speakers and entertainment based upon the theme of their workshops!  

Submitted by:  Renee Lindstrom

Monte’s Health Nut Hut joins The Peace Pole Project-Amenia, New York-USA

Monday, September 28th, 2015

September 5th & 6th, 2015

There is an uplifting energy in the hamlet of Amenia, NY these days as the Monte family embarks on a mission to raise the consciousness of well being within the community!

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Phyllis and John Lomitola, co-owners of  Monte’s Health Nut Hut-health food store,  first caught site of a Peace Pole in the state of Florida and were very inspired by the universal peace message.

Sometime later, they spot a Peace Pole in the center of the Town of Amenia, NY.

They were in awe when they discovered that the international headquarters of  The Peace Pole Project is located in the same township of the property they had recently purchased to open a health food store!

Shortly afterwards, the Lomitola’s visited The World Peace Sanctuary, signed up for a Monday evening yoga class and purchased their first Peace Pole to plant at their home in Montauk, NY.

An 8 foot Peace Pole will be planted in the Zen garden adjacent to the Health Nut Hut.  A Peace Pole Dedication and World Peace Flag Ceremony  will take place when the garden project is complete.

Desktop Peace Poles and other gift items, bearing the universal peace message “May Peace Prevail On Earth” will be offered for sale at the Health Nut Hut!

May Peace Prevail in Our Communities!
May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Ann Marie Robustelli, WPPS Sanctuary headquarters-USA

 

Peace Poles Installed Around Rockford, Illinois-USA

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

August 2, 2015

Three Peace Poles were installed around Rockford, during special dedication. One of the ceremonies took place at Pothikaran Lao Buddhist Temple on South Mulford Road, near Blackhawk Road. The Peace Poles are a popular way of expressing peace not only around the world, but right here in Rockford.

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“This Peace Pole is for everybody, not just the Buddhists, but for every religion to understand that we are together,” says Ken Linthakhan.

There are now more than 30 Peace Poles in and around Rockford.

More than 200 people help spread the message of peace by installing Peace Poles as reminders of unity and friendship

Watch video here:
http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/Peace-Poles-Installed-Around-Rockford–320445782.html

Peace Pole Presented to Panache Desai at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY-USA

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

July 11, 2015

On July 11th, 2015, a Peace Pole was presented to Panache Desai, a world-renowned thought leader and messenger in the field of consciousness and energetic transformation, at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York.

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The ceremony took place at the site of the Peace Pole that was planted years prior in the Omega Institute Peace Garden and officially dedicated on September 21st, 2012, by Ann Marie Robustelli of The World Peace Prayer Society in honor of the International Day of Peace.  The Peace Pole serves as a symbol of Omega’s work as a holistic learning center and on-going efforts in support of World Peace.

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Laura Hills and Peggy Kornegger delivered spoken testimonials of the personal benefits they have experienced through Panache’s work.

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On behalf of The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS), Pamela Beasley, Peace Representative of WPPS, presented Panache Desai with a desktop Peace Pole, in recognition of his work to bring true inner peace to each person on this planet.

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

Peace Pole in Parade-Dover Plains, New York-USA

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

July 18th, 2015

An 8-language Peace Pole handcrafted at The World Peace Sanctuary will be planted at the ‘Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue’ farm Dover Plains, New York.

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Youth campers from the farm were proud to ride on a float with the Peace Pole ( that includes the message, “May Peace be in Our Communities”)  in the annual Dover Plains parade, as two participants carried the peace banner.

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Ground Zero Peace Pole- September 14th, 2001- Manhattan, NY-USA

Monday, September 14th, 2015

September 11th, 2015

Peace Pole in Loving Memory to honor all the victims and their families, firefighters, medical assistants and numerous volunteers.

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Here is the Peace Pole that staff  members of The World Peace Prayer Society  placed in Union Square 3 days after the attacks on September 11, 2001.

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Peace Poles stand as a testament of hope and the need to find nonviolent ways to break cycles of violence.

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Stone County Arkansas Peace Pole-Mountain View, Arkansas-USA

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

September 4, 2015

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A bit over 2 1/2 years ago I contacted each of you about a new project that we had begun in Mountain View, Arkansas to build a Peace Pole from the native stone of the area. After many delays, trials and tribulations, we have completed the Peace Pole and will hold our Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony at 6:30 pm on September 21st.

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The Peace Pole is located at AmVets Post #7, 1112 West Main St. in Mountain View, Arkansas. All peoples of goodwill are invited to attend, and any help you may give in broadcasting the word about both the Stone County Peace Pole and it’s Dedication will be gratefully appreciated.

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Thanks to you all for everything that you do.

May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Tom Cloud

Hiroshima Peace Webcast Remembering the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

August 6th 2015

Hiroshima Peace Webcast
Remembering the 70th anniversary of the atomic bomb

For those of us who pray for world peace the anniversary of the atomic bomb is a day of remembrance and respect.  Members of WPPS in Hiroshima have been organizing an annual event in the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park, marking this day, August 6th, for the past 23 years and with the 70th anniversary this year a special extended program and live webcast was organized with the WPPS headquarters in New York.

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The webcast commenced at 8:00 am in front of the atomic bomb dome, one of the only surviving buildings after the attack which remains as a symbol of hope and renewal.  Fumi Johns Stewart, executive director of WPPS welcomed the webcast audience and invited viewers to join in a minute of silence at 8:15 for the ringing of the Peace Bell which marks the exact time the atomic bomb fell on the city.

Across the Motoyasu River on the west side of the Peace Park, an event took place dedicated to the atomic bomb victims and world peace.  The official peace program hosted by the City of Hiroshima began at 8:00am and was attended by Prime Minister Abe along with other Japanese officials.  A record breaking number of participants from over 100 countries witnessed the official memorial ceremony this year to mark the 70th anniversary.  Among honored guests were the families of the Hibakusha, atomic bomb survivors and their relatives. After the ringing of the Peace Bell, a thousand doves were released at the close of the program.

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The World Peace Prayer Society continued the webcast program with peace builders from seven locations around the world who joined in a web conference. Representatives from Scotland, Israel, Egypt, US, Uruguay, Australia and Canada spoke and shared their visions of a peaceful world while reflecting on this significant anniversary.

The highlight of the event was the World Peace Flag Ceremony which invited visitors and guests in the park to carry the flags of every nation to send peace to all regions on Earth.  A special guest, Mr. Stefan Schostok, the Lord Mayor of Hanover, shared his message of peace with us and spoke about a similar program the city of Hanover is hosting for the 70th anniversary.

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Local as well as international visitors in the park volunteered to carry flags during the World Peace Flag Ceremony to send peace to each of the 193 countries on earth.   It was moving to see the large number of youth who had traveled from around the world who stepped up to carry the flags of the world. Many of them spoke to express their prayers and commitment in building a culture of peace.

To close the program, the winners of the Peace Pals Art Awards Ceremony were announced in the four age group categories.  In remembrance of the 70th anniversary, the theme of the 18th annual Peace Pals Art Awards and Exhibition program was chosen to be “Love to Hiroshima – Love to Nagasaki.” Thousands of children participated from every region on Earth to send their artwork expressing their prayers to Hiroshima and Nagasaki along with their wishes for a hopeful future.

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Over a hundred WPPS volunteers from around Japan traveled to Hiroshima to mark this anniversary day.  With one heart we joined in the spirit of peace to express our message of peace on the 70th anniversary with the people of the world.

May Peace be in Hiroshima
May Peace Prevail On Earth

Nagasaki Peace Ceremony Remembering the 70th anniversary

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

August 9th, 2015

Nagasaki Peace Ceremony
Remembering the 70th anniversary

WPPS Nagasaki members along with volunteers from across Japan gathered early on the morning of August 9th to organize the world peace prayer event to mark the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the city only three days after the Hiroshima event.

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Nagasaki is the oldest open-port city of Japan situated on the southernmost island of Kyushu only fifty miles from South Korean. Starting as early as the 16th century Portuguese and Dutch traders frequented the natural harbors and Nagasaki became an international city with many who converted to Catholicism.

The world peace ceremony took place in the Nagasaki Peace Park just a few hundred meters from the epicenter of the blast in the Urakami district which housed the largest known catholic community in Japan.  A great number of churches were destroyed including the Urakami Cathedral which was, at the time, the largest church in all of Asia.  Today the Nagasaki Flame burns brightly on top of a tall monument which marks the epicenter symbolizing the pledge that Nagasaki shall remain the last city on earth to experience nuclear devastation.

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The program began with words of welcome to those who tuned into the webcast live on the internet from around the world.  Rika Saionji, Vice President of WPPS, attended the Nagasaki anniversary event and shared her message of peace and hope with the participants.  She spoke of the importance of keeping peace alive in our hearts and to pass on the legacy of peace to the younger generation.

At 11:02 am, the exact time the bomb was dropped on the city, the sound of the Peace Bell rang for one minute throughout Nagasaki Peace Park.  People throughout Japan also joined in the minute of silence which was broadcast through national media throughout the country.  We all added our prayers, May Peace Prevail On Earth, as we listened to the sound of the Peace Bell and sent our prayers for everlasting peace from Nagasaki out to the world.

The World Peace Flag Ceremony followed the ringing of the Peace Bell.  Visitors in the Peace Park were invited to join the ceremony to carry the flags of each nation as prayers for peace were offered to each region and country on Earth.  People of many nations stepped forward to carry the flags of the world as everyone in unison voiced prayers for peace to prevail on earth.

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Throughout the day, visitors in the park also stopped to view the Peace Pals Art Exhibition which was on display close to the Flag Ceremony.  Thousands of youth sent in their artwork highlighting the 2015 theme “Love to Hiroshima Love to Nagasaki” in honor of the 70th anniversary.  The winners were announced at an awards ceremony three days earlier in Hiroshima.

The day closed in deep gratitude as we all felt a strong sense of accomplishment and appreciation for sending our prayer of peace, May Peace Prevail On Earth, out to the world on this historic day marking the 70th anniversary

May peace be in Nagasaki
May Peace Prevail On Earth