Archive for November, 2015

Keeping Alysun Shining Peace Pole project-St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church and School in Encino, Los Angeles, California-USA

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

September 28th, 2015

Over the weekend, one of our Peace Poles was placed on our parish& school grounds (St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church & School) in honor of Aly Panichi.


Our priest, Fr. Mac, blessed the Peace Pole with me, my Mom, and my husband James in attendance.   We have already started to see many people walking up to it and smiling!  Lots of questions about what the Peace Pole is and so many happy to see it placed there  (especially the week that Pope Francis was on US soil).  As one of Aly’s songs was the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi (“Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”), the Peace Pole being planted while the Pope was here and leading into Aly’s birthday, we look toward any sign that Aly is watching over all of us…we saw a little of that in these past few days.


I would trade anything to be celebrating my sister’s birthday with her tomorrow.  It’s a bittersweet honor to have this Peace Pole placed for generations to come at our parish home & my kids’ school for all to see.

May Peace Prevail on Earth.
Keri Flint

Peace Pole planted at Dexter Ave Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama-USA

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Dexter Ave Baptist Church was Dr. Martin Luther King’s congregation in Montgomery, Alabama.
The church was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


A Peace Pole stands outside this historic place centering our thoughts and reminding us that we all work for Peace.


May Peace Prevail On Earth!

Peace Pole Dedication and World Peace Flag Ceremony at Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue Farm, Dover Plains, NY-USA

Monday, November 9th, 2015

October 4, 2015

Ann Marie Robustelli of The World Peace Prayer Society presented a Peace Pole dedication and World Peace Flag Ceremony.  More than 100 people were in attendance.

Lucky Orphans Carrying Peace Pole Oct 2015 WPFCjpg
Children carry the Peace Pole to the planting location

Lucky Orphans Oct 2015 Willow Diana WPFC
Willow Diana offers a Native American blessing

Lucky Orphan Oct 2015 WPFC 2
Peace Pole dedication and World Peace Flag Ceremony

Lucky Orphans WPFC with Earth Flag oct 2015
Closing the Ceremony with USA and Earth flag

Peace Pole designed to reflect the earliest citizens of the Ozark Mountains and Stone County, Arkansas-USA

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

September 21, 2015

On Sept. 21st, 2015, nearly 50 citizens of Stone County, Arkansas met to dedicate the new Peace Pole, designed to reflect the earliest citizens of the Ozark Mountains and Stone County.


The Ceremony opened with a song led by local music teacher Terina Mitchell and students from her class. They sang ” Walk the World” and it can be viewed here:

A brief history of the International Day of Peace and the Peace Pole Project was followed by teachings on the history of the Stone County Peace Pole as well as the many layers of symbolism built into it and why the particular languages were chosen.


Charlie Mink gave a brief talk of the Irish-Gaelic roots of traditional folk music and played ” Scarborough Fair” as an example.


Gatherers were encouraged to see the Peace Pole as something that they can add to in the years to come, to beautify and perhaps create a pocket park around.

There was then a Sharing Circle around the Peace Pole where each participant had a chance to share their feelings about the Peace Pole, and the goal of Peace in general. We then had a closing song, entitled,  ” Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream” led by Kathy Jenson.


The phrase ” May Peace Prevail On Earth” was offered up by participants and the Peace Pole Dedication was complete.

All photos by Cynthia Cox

Original Peace Pole at a junior high school in Senna Comasco, Lombardia, ITALY

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

March 26-28, 2015

We conducted a two-day peace education workshop at a junior high school in Senna Comasco in northern Italy, near Lake Como and Milan.


It was a wonderful experience working with 120 students and teachers over two days. Everyone responded to us with great enthusiasm to origami making and Japanese calligraphy.

Then on the third day, we organized a World Peace Flag Ceremony and celebrated their original Peace Pole. One-hundred primary school age students participated and many parents of the junior high school students came and joined us as well.


Two art teachers designed the Peace Pole and the town of Senna Comasco financed it.  We loved their original Peace Pole with a peace crane on the top! There is light inside and in the evening, when the Peace Pole is illuminated, the peace message seems to glow in the dark!

The students and teachers made 1,000 peace cranes. They will send them to the city of Hiroshima. The Peace Department of Hiroshima will place the peace cranes under the statue of Sadako, in the Atomic Bomb Commemoration Park of Hiroshima.


Caroline, Uma, Guerrino, Martina  and I enjoyed these fantastic three days very much. It was a precious experience for all of us!

Infinite Joy!!   Sonoko Tanaka, WPPS Peace Representative