Archive for May, 2010
April 22nd, 2010
Hello Ann Marie,
I wanted to share our Peace Pole dedication pictures and a brief story with you.
We are a 6-8 middle school in Lake Katrine, New York (Miller Middle School). We have a student population of about 900 coming from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. On Earth Day of 2010 our environmental club, which I co-advise, helped plant our school’s first Peace Pole. Our dedication ceremony involved the whole school. Our message was one of peace, understanding, and acceptance that we hope our student body will embrace. Our Peace Pole is in the middle of a courtyard which the school surrounds and we hope that students and staff will find themselves looking at the Peace Pole and reflecting on their own lives. Thank you for contacting me and we look forward to years of our Peace Pole bringing our students and staff peace and happiness.
May Peace Prevail On Earth!
Co-advsior Miller Environmental Club
April 12th, 2010
Luxor is located in the ancient city of Thebes and served as the Capitol of Egypt some 3,000 years ago. The Temple of Luxor was built by King Amenhotep III and hosted the festival of Opet; one of the most important festivals celebrated in Thebes at that time.
Against this ancient and symbolic backdrop, a Peace Pole was dedicated on April 12th, 2010 by the Temple of Luxor in Abu el-Haggag Square in a grand ceremony co-sponsored by the City of Luxor. The Peace Pole dedication was followed by a World Peace Flag Ceremony with the participation of 250 students who served as flag bearers from the four local schools.
Thirty flag bearers each carrying a colorful flag guided the Peace Pole in the procession as eight small children walked along side the Peace Pole to the dedication site. After the ground was blessed by sufi dancing, the Peace Pole was planted in front of the Temple of Luxor. Poetry and songs were presented by the school children followed by the World Peace Flag Ceremony. The names of the countries of all nations were called out, as the 250 children repeated in unison the word Assalaam which is the word for Peace in Arabic.
Special guests included General Ahmed Ajab, consultant to the Governor of Luxor and other city officials. A very special and beautiful performance was presented by the famous Kassr Saqqafa dance troupe of Luxor.
Fumi Johns Stewart, Executive Director of WPPS, from USA was joined by Luca Bordoli, Simona Picchi and Samah Gayed from Italy and Switzerland to assist with the event.
Special thanks to Alessandra Costantini who produced this event with cooperation from the City of Luxor.
Faces of Peace – David Herbling, Kenya
Join us in our 2010 Youth Campaign to spread universal Peace Message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth.”
Please send us a photograph of yourself, holding up your personal “May Peace Prevail On Earth,” message in your language.
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It started in 1996 that Slovakia joined The Peace Pole Project of The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS), thanks to Mr. Emi from Japan, member of WPPS.
During the course of one month, 100 Peace Poles were transported from Japan to Koŝice in the eastern region of Slovakia. It was during this time that The Peace Pole Project of WPPS in Japan began its outreach to other parts of the world. Needless to say, it took some effort to have it understand and accepted by the people of Slovakia. But in just a short time the White Harmony Foundation and the Humatrend Peace School Civil Society in the city of Koŝice started to spread the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth! One-by-one the one-hundred Peace Poles traveled from eastern Slovakia to other areas throughout the country. Forty-one Peace Poles were planted along the way as they traveled through cites and villages. Forty-nine Peace Poles were planted at Kojŝovskâ hoľa peak which is 1242 meters high; a mountain known as Peace Mountain.
Eight Peace Poles were planted at the World War II field, referred to as Peace Meadow, located in Bratislava, the Capital of Slovakia. The last two Peace Poles were erected in front of an ancient castle in the small village known as Biel.
May Peace Prevail in Slovakia!
May Peace Prevail on Earth!
Excerpts from report submitted on October 18th, 2000 by:
Klára Hodničová, Peace Representative in Slovakia
April 12th, 2010
This beautiful handcrafted wooden Peace Pole was dedicated by students and faculty of Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, New York, as the highlight of the program during their ‘Diversity Day’ celebration. The Peace Pole bears the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, in the following languages: English, Hebrew, Spanish, French, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Latin.
April 20, 2010
Hello Ann Marie,
Thank you for your letter!
We are so happy to take part in the Peace Pole Project!
I have attached a picture of our Peace Pole, which is located in our Peace Garden on ODU’s campus in Norfolk, Virginia.
Division of Student Affairs
Old Dominion University
These beautiful Peace Poles were made by students to benefit their fellow students in the Special Ed program at the George Fischer Middle School in Carmel, NY, USA
“I wanted to update you on the Peace Pole project we have been doing here at the George Fischer Middle School. To date, we have made 20 Desktop Peace Poles and they are all unique and wonderful. We are now going to start selling them to teachers in the building. We made them to include the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, in English, French, Italian and Spanish, which are the languages taught in our school. We included flags from each country and added cool stickers to sweeten them up! The students loved making them and they vary in size from about 6 inches to approximately 12 inches.
We made them from a variety of different woods…. trying to keep them interesting.
I have attached photos so you can see the fruits of our labor. I hope you like them!
Proceeds from sales will benefit our special education classes.”
Jeff Diamond is the instructor for the Technology class at the George Fischer Middle School. Last year, Mr. Diamond attended the annual A Call To Peace event at The World Peace Sanctuary when he befriended Jim Dugan, WPPS, Peace Pole maker and they began to formalize their ideas.