Archive for October, 2015

FIVE PEACE POLES dedicated on the International Day of Peace at Lutheran Social Services in Fargo, North Dakota-USA

Monday, October 26th, 2015

September 21, 2015

No matter what is going on in your world, consider taking just a second or two to think about something most of us probably take for granted – peace.

People from Syria, and other countries in the Middle East, are being forced from their homes. Those in Ukraine are likely worried about Russian troops on their door steps.

Many don’t realize that Monday is the International Day of Peace. To commemorate the day, five Peace Poles were dedicated on the grounds of Lutheran Social Services in Fargo.

The Peace Poles are among 17 in our community. The message on the Peace Poles is in 20 languages. It’s a simple message: “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

“I served two tours of duty in Vietnam, so I know what war is. And I feel everybody has a right to sleep at night. Everybody has a right to health care, everybody has a right to a decent meal, and a place to sleep. And World Peace Day kinda focuses on that, it’s time that we get together and really start doing things,” said Vietnam veteran Gary Nolte.

Below is the link to view the news coverage:

Peace Pole to Celebrate the International Day of Peace at UCC, York Beach, Maine-USA

Monday, October 26th, 2015

SEPTEMBER 20, 2015

We are Union Congregational Church (UCC),  at York Beach, Maine.  Sunday we had peace cranes and pinwheels for peace.  Also, we dedicated our Peace Pole that we have had for a few years.


Our minister is new and was all for it.  I’ve had our tiny congregation writing prayers for peace on papers for weeks.

image003Reverend Mark Wendorf

My daughter folded 50 cranes and I made 50 pinwheels. Our service was all focused on peace. When I went to leave the church,  two people on bicycles had stopped and one was laying on the ground with the pinwheels while the other took her picture.

submitted by: Marty, clerk for UCC

Troop 777 of Tamaqua- Boy Scouts of America- erected a Peace Pole in Tamaqua, PA-USA

Monday, October 26th, 2015

September 21, 2015

Troop 777 of Tamaqua- Boy Scouts of America- erected a Peace Pole at 24 N. Railroad St. Tamaqua, PA  18252 and dedicated it to the citizens of Tamaqua during a ceremony led by Bradley McAloose.


Bradley chose to plant a Peace Pole for his Eagle Scout project 2 years ago. Bradley sold popcorn and hoagies to raise money to pay for the Peace Pole.  The troop met about a month ago and assisted Bradley in planting the Peace Pole.  A plaque was cemented in front of the Peace Pole which reads, “Peace Pole, dedicated to the citizens of Tamaqua, Bradley McAloose troop 777, September 21, 2015.”


On September 21, Bradley explained that the Peace Pole was written in four languages, English, German, Gaelic, and Italian.  He mentioned that Peace Poles are located across the world, and that Tamaqua’s Peace Pole can be viewed on The World Peace Prayer Society’s website. He also observed a moment of silence for community and world peace and showed the certificate that 10 trees are being planted on the continent of Africa.

Thank you,
The McAlooses’

Peace Pole Gifted to Swami Vishwananda at Bhakti Marga in Frankfurt – GERMANY

Monday, October 26th, 2015

July 11, 2015

On July 11, 2015, the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Bhakti Marga center, a spiritual center and community near Frankfurt , Germany, a peace pole and a certificate was conveyed to Swami Vishwananda for his outstanding accomplishments for world peace over the last 20 years.


The mission of this community is to spread love and to open the hearts of man. Swami Vishwananda helps the people to connect elements from eastern spirituality with elements of the western spiritual tradition gives people access to a very personal experience with the Divine, regardless of culture, gender or age.


For over a decade he has been visiting numerous countries in Europe, North & South America, Africa and Asia to convey his message of universal Unconditional Love.


Hiroshima Day 70th Anniversary Commemoration – August 5 in Central Park, New York-USA

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

August 5, 2015


The World Peace Prayer Society helped to commemorate Hiroshima Day in New York at Strawberry Fields in New York’s Central Park on the evening of August 5, 2015 to coordinate with events in Japan.


Bells were rung for a Moment of Silence at the time the atomic bomb exploded 70 years ago. The Society’s UN Representative, Deborah Moldow, brought along a small Peace Pole for Rev. Earl Ikeda’s altar and was invited to speak.


Everyone held hands singing, and the prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” was recited multiple times by all present.

Peace Pals Art Exhibition Inauguration entitled “Hiroshima” in Hannover, GERMANY

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

August 4, 2015

The exhibition was held in the very impressive Town Hall of Hannover organized by the Japanese-German Friendship Circle of Hannover.

The guests of honor were the Japanese consul of Hamburg:  Mr. Takao Anzawa, Ambassador of Japan for Germany, Ambassador S.E. Takeshi Nakane, from Berlin, Mayor of Hannover, Mr. Thomas Hermann and Vice Chairperson of the Region Hannover, Mrs. Angelika Walther.

Founder andChairperson of German Japanese Friendship Circle Mr Thürnau

Founder andChairperson of German Japanese Friendship Circle Mr Thürnau

The World Peace Prayer Society  was mentioned as guest of honor.

Ambassador Nakane thanked The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) for providing the art exhibition.

Dagmar Berkenberg, WPPS  guided Ambassador Nakane to the Art Exhibition.

He looked very carefully at each piece of artwork and was most impressed by a heartfelt letter from a German girl to the children of Hiroshima.


In their speeches, the German politicians mentioned the importance of Hannover as a town of peace (he also mentioned the enormous refugee issue).  I gave them both Peace Pole fliers afterwards and told them that a town of “peace” needs a Peace Pole.

Mayor of Hanover

Mayor of Hanover

The mayor said he likes the idea and will give it to the Cultural Department.

I handed out origami bookmarks, bearing the message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” to everyone.

As the town hall attracts hundreds of tourists each day and as the exhibition is well announced (see electronic board), I have no doubt that many people will see it.  The Hannover citizens I spoke too, all agreed that Hannover needs a PEACE POLE.

For 27 years there has been a Youth Exchange going on between Hannover and Hiroshima.

May Peace Prevail with the post-generations of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki victims.

Dagmar Berkenberg, WPPS

Peace Cranes to Celebrate Sadako Day-Bridgeport, Connecticut-USA

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

August 6, 2015

The City of Bridgeport offers a state of the art after school educational and recreational program in partnership with our community based organizations and the Bridgeport public schools. Over 3,000 children are seen daily with enrichment activities that support school day learning. The program is also offered during the summer at neighborhood schools.

This specific Lighthouse program is at Black Rock School around the corner from us where Robb and I do our peace work all year round beginning with International Day of Peace activities at the start of school that culminate on September 21st.  This year we are doing a joint celebration and re-dedication of the Peace Poles at Black Rock School and St. Ann Academy, which is right next door.

Not all the children will be attending Black Rock School in the fall so we took this opportunity to plant seeds for Peace Pals International program and The Peace Pole Project—hoping that the children will take the seeds back to their home school.

So this was a Sadako Day celebration and a rehearsal for Peace Day in that we made paper peace cranes, learned how to “sign” May Peace Prevail on Earth and we recognized each of the countries represented in our students with prayers for peace for Mexico, Italy, Puerto Rico, Peru, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, France, Ghana, Guatemala, Jamaica, Germany, Hungary, Brazil, and Ecuador outdoors around our Peace Pole.

Submitted by: Gail Ostrow

70,000 Cranes for Peace—Lewisburg, Pennsylvania-USA

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

LEWISBURG — With a steady clang of a gong and incense in the air, about 60 people walked a half-mile in silence down Market Street on Thursday in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.


Leading the procession from Soldiers Memorial Park west to Hufnagle Park was Nancy Cleaver, carrying a rainbow-colored mobile of cascading paper cranes. Cleaver was among organizers of Thursday’s event and had led origami crane-making sessions at CommUnity Zone for the vigil and for the “70,000 Cranes for Peace” being mailed to the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, considered the home of nuclear weapons.

The service in Lewisburg was among thousands that took place worldwide Thursday on the anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima.

The atomic bombings brought an end to World War II, the United States dropping them to avoid what would have been a bloody ground assault on Japan with estimated American casualties in the tens of thousands and possibly more than a million, according to USA Today.

The atomic bombing following a battle for Japan’s southernmost Okinawa islands, which took 12,520 American lives and estimated 200,000 Japanese lives, about half of them civilians.

The crowd in Lewisburg ended the walk gathered around the Peace Pole on Hufnagle’s western side, circling it for prayer and to leave paper cranes at its base.

“Peace be with you,” the Rev. Kerry Walters, pastor of Holy Spirit American National Catholic Church in Lewisburg, said as he led the participants in reflection and asked for their thoughts.

Edward Shover recalled his father’s military service, while Sara Snyder honored “the breeze on the stone dedicated to all killed in all wars,” a monument that stands at the head of Hufnagle Park.

As they walked down Market Street, “My 8-year-old son said, ‘We’re bringing peace to the earth, aren’t we?’ ” said the Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, pastor of United in Christ Lutheran Church in Lewisburg. “Out of the mouths of babes … and a little child shall lead them,” she said, citing a passage from Isaiah.

Posted by:  Evamarie Socha

Peace Pole for “No More Hiroshimas” a Multimedia exhibit at Burlington College, Vermont-USA

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

August 1- September 26, 2015
“No More Hiroshimas” is an exhibit by StaciAnne Grove that ran from August 1 – September 26th at Burlington College in Vermont. The show featured graphic design work about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Throughout the entrance to the gallery and gallery itself a river of 1000 peace cranes lead to two central foci: a Peace Pole surrounded by meditation cushions and a display of another 1000 smaller cranes displayed as one large mass. On the walls of the meditation space, people wrote their own messages talking about what peace means to them and their own commitments to building a more peaceful world.

Artist Statement
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

On 6th August 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by US air forces. This was the first time a nuclear weapon had ever been used; it killed up to 180,000 people and destroyed 13 square kilometers of the city. Three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Nagasaki, killing nearly 70,000 people.

Around half of the fatalities died on the day of the bombing; the remainder were killed in the following months from radiation, burns, and other injuries and illness.

“No More Hiroshimas” does not simply recount the causes and immediate impact of the bombings, but also incorporates a strong message of peace and a call to build a more peace-filled world today. Through graphic design, photography, paper sculptures, and video you will be taken on a historical journey.

Included in the exhibition are activities designed to deepen and personalize the experience. Space to meditate, fold origami cranes, write personal pledges to building a more peaceful world whether on a global or familial scale.

This exhibit was developed in the course of a graphic design course here at Burlington College where we were challenged as students to create work where we “give a damn.”

The Artist
StaciAnne K. Grove is an artist, utilizing words, photography, design, and story to change the world around her. Sometimes her art is tangible in works such as these, or sometimes it takes the form of providing hope and joy to people living with multiple sclerosis or recovering from cancer treatment through dance.   She believes in using art and life to inspire and challenge people.

Staci studied photography at Long Island University with Arthur Leipzig and sociology with Eric Lichten and Rob McAndrews, graduating in 1992. Since then she has continued to expand her toolbox to include graphic design, studying with Robert C. Kirk. She cites the works of Leipzig, Barbara Kruger, John Heartfield, Robert Mapplethorpe and Dale Chihuly as her artistic inspirations.


Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

July 11, 2015

In July, 2005, I opened the first Edible Arrangements store in the Hudson Valley. It was a small store (1050 square feet) located at 10 IBM Road in Poughkeepsie.

Sue Serino, New York State Senate from Hyde Park, NY, with Aislinn Smith, franchise owner of Editable Arrangements, Poughkeepsie, NY

Ten years later we are in a beautiful new space (3500 square feet), once again introducing  Edible To Go Products to the Hudson Valley.

We deserved to celebrate 10 years in a big way and I hope you enjoyed being a part of it all!

At our event, we welcomed home, Rob Price, Corporate President of Edible Arrangements International Franchise Group (EAIFG) and Poughkeepsie native.   Mr. Price was also accompanied by Ms. Sarju Patel, Vice President of Compliance (EAIFG). Both of these honored guests tremendously enjoyed their visit to Poughkeepsie, NY.

Rob Price,  Corporate President (EAIFG) and  Sarju Patel, Vice President of Compliance (EAIFG)

Working with The International World Peace Sanctuary, we now have a Peace Pole dedicated to creating Peace and ending violence in Poughkeepsie.

Gift to WPPS from Aislinn Smith, franchise owner of Edible Arrangements-Poughkeepsie, NY

Children, adults, seniors all waving international flags and singing the song “Imagine” by John Lennon.  It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen in Poughkeepsie.


May Peace Prevail in Our Community!
May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Submitted by: Aislinn Smith, franchise owner of Edible Arrangements-Poughkeepsie, NY