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Acts of Service-Peace Pole-Celebrating the 175th Anniversary of Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii-USA

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

As of May 31st, 2016, a new Peace Pole stands as a monument to peace in the Thurston Memorial Chapel Courtyard. The 6-foot tall Peace Pole, made from ʻōhiʻa wood, bears the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages.

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Acts of service by alumni, students and faculty serving their communities take place every day, all around the world. Stories were contributed to the collection of 175 acts of service and a Peace Pole planted in honor of the School’s 175th anniversary.

Fifth-grade students in Angie Church’s class plant a tree in honor of the U.N. International Day of Peace each year. Inspired by the activity, Katie Weldon, whose daughter is in fifth grade, coordinated the creation of two Peace Poles. Plans for installation of the second Peace Pole on Rocky Hill are scheduled for September, in time for International Peace Day.

Church’s students chose 10 languages to be represented on the poles: English, Hawaiian, Finnish, Japanese, French, Chinese, Latin, Filipino (Ilocano), Spanish and Italian. Parents and faculty, both on campus and across the world, helped translate “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

Students created templates of the lettering, and Weldon’s husband, Dr. Ed Weldon ’85, who does woodworking as a hobby, carved the messages into the wood. Students painted the lettering with black paint before Ed finished the pole and Physical Plant staff installed it.

“The Peace Pole is a beautiful reminder for us to strive for peace within ourselves and in our world,” said Church.

International Vigil for Peace & Ecology-Central Park Band Shell, NYC-USA

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

September 18, 2016

The annual Vigil for Peace & Ecology, organized by retired U.N. staff member Rev. Susana Bastarrica, was held in Central Park on Sunday, September 18, 2016 and, as always, featured the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in various ways. The WPPS flags were present, along with a prominent banner across the front of the stage.

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At 12 noon, Paul Sladkus of Good News Broadcast, directed participants to form a peace sign holding a selection of smaller flags and taking a Minute of Silence, followed by “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

Rev. Deborah Muldow and Paul Sladkus

Rev. Deborah Muldow and Paul Sladkus

The lively day-long event included choirs, traditional Chinese, Mexican, and Korean dances, and a Japanese Butoh performance by WPPS Youth Representative to the United Nations, Brandon Perdomo.  Brandon and fellow dancer Allysa Oliver were in front of the stage, moving and dancing with 50lbs of sacks of rice each, accompanied by a live cellist and percussionist on stage.

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Toward the close of the day, the park guards asked the event to close down early, just as a Beatles tribute band was setting up. Miraculously, Rev. Deborah Moldow managed to secure one of the band’s microphones and have the large flags distributed among the crowd just in time to conduct a brief but heartfelt World Peace Prayer Ceremony! (Unfortunately, the band did not get to play.)

12 Noon Photo by Michele Risa

Central Park readied New York City for the International Day of Peace three days later by echoing the prayer, “May Peace Prevail on Earth!”

IDP Celebration at St Paul College of  Pasig City,  Metro Manila – PHILIPPINES

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

The St. Paul College of Pasig City, celebrated IDP this year, spearheaded by the coalition of groups supporting works of UN. The UNIHARMONY sponsored this year’s celebration at the college to educate the youth on their role in the implementation of the Building Blocks for Peace- Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) adopted one year ago by the 193 UN member state nations.

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One of the groups in the Uniharmony is the Peacemakers Circle Foundation- where I served on the board,and where the BSK- Mandala holds office.

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St. Paul is in Metro Manila, a commercial center in the metropolis.   Dr. Genevieve B. Kupang of  St. Paul College Research Dept., and member of Peacemakers, coordinated all the preparations with our help.

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Mario “Toots” Fungo
WPPS Peace Representative in the Philippines

The National Kidney and transplant Institute-NKTI celebrates Peace Day, Quezon City-PHILIPPINES

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

 

NKTI celebrates Peace Day during IDP week,at the Peace Pole planted in 2015.

The peace day is the hospital’s way of joining UN/IDP OBSERVANCE every year.  The NKTI is a government hospital situated in the heart of Quezon City, the political capital of the country.  Department heads of the hospital also attend the celebration.

Marion “Toots” Fungo
WPPS Peace Representative in the Philippines

 

Sherwood Library’s Rotary “Peace” Language Plates for the International Day of Peace, Sherwood, Oregon-USA

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Hello,

I wanted to share a picture of the Rotary “Peace” Language  Plates installed at the Sherwood Library in Sherwood, Oregon.

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I wanted to also include pictures of the Peace Flags decorated and displayed during September at the Library.

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May Peace Prevail on Earth

Wendy Wells
Sherwood Rotary Service Chair
Peace Committee Member

2016 United Nations International Day of Peace, NIGERIA-AFRICA

Friday, December 30th, 2016

It was a great day in Uyo, Nigeria as guest from all walks of life meet together during our peace convocation on the International Day of Peace,  September 21. Thank you for your prayers.

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Mojima Etokudo, WPPS Representative in Nigeria (on left)

Mojima Etokudo, WPPS Representative in Nigeria (on left)

Mojima Etokudo, WPPS Representative in Nigeria (on right)

Mojima Etokudo, WPPS Representative in Nigeria (on right)

Dr. Iiniodu Ukpong

Dr. Iiniodu Ukpong

May Peace Prevail on Earth.
Mojima Etokudo
Nigeria Representative
WPPS

International Day of Peace celebration in Zachelmie- POLAND

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

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On  the 24th of September we had a Peace Pole dedication in Zachelmie; it is near Hotel Chojnik where the regular meetings of Angloville are held (English school with international staff).

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Jacek Kozlovski, WPPS Representative in Poland

The City of Greater Sudbury plants Peace Pole on the International Day of Peace, Sudbury-CANADA

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

MAY PEACE Prevail in Canada!  May Peace Prevail On Earth!

The City of Greater Sudbury invited Sudburians, including school students and community groups, to participate in the International Day of Peace by planting a Peace Pole in Memorial Park on September 21, 2016.

Mayor Bigger & Councillor McIntosh

Mayor Bigger & Councillor McIntosh

Morning sunshine greeted the many peace doves which had been suspended from trees and fluttered in the gentle breeze. The doves, some white, others brightly coloured, and bearing wishes for peace, were created in advance by community members and local school children. What an idyllic setting for the dedication of Greater Sudbury’s Peace Pole at the apex of a triangular floral garden.

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Anne Gervais, Recreation Coordinator of Leisure Services for the City of Greater Sudbury, and Lori Adams, WPPS Representative in Canada, were pleased to emcee this very special Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony.

To acknowledge the people on whose traditional territories we gathered, the Ceremony recognized the Atikameksheng and Wahnapitae Anishnawbek First Nations for their stewardship of this land throughout the ages.

A number of introductory comments, given in both English and French, framed our intentions for peace.

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Trinity Thibeault

Everyone then joined in the singing of “O’Canada” led by Trinity Thibeault.

Following the anthem, Cindy Dent, Manager of Recreation at the City of Greater Sudbury, shared a Prayer for Peace, after which Chief Ted Roque offered greetings from Wahnapitae First Nation, and Mayor Brian Bigger addressed the gathering.

The highlight was the dedication and unveiling of the Peace Pole. An explanation of the Peace Pole Project included the following details:

Ø    The Peace Pole Project, an initiative of the World Peace Prayer Society, was started in 1976 as a way to spread the message May Peace Prevail on Earth. Over 200,000 Peace Poles have been dedicated in nearly every country on Earth, and are recognized as some of the most prominent international symbols and monuments to peace.

Ø    Mrs. Masami Saionji, Chairperson of the World Peace Prayer Society and the Goi Peace Foundation, inspires us with these words … “No matter where we live on this planet, we share the individual and collective responsibilities to promote and foster world peace.”

Ø    The Peace Pole bears the message May Peace Prevail on Earth in five different languages – English, French, Ojibway, Braille and Sign – and links us with people all over the world who have planted Peace Poles in the same spirit of peace.

Mayor Bigger and Councillor McIntosh proudly unveiled our City of Greater Sudbury’s Peace Pole.

The Starr Fire Choir from Sudbury Secondary School sang “Let There Be Peace on Earth” reminding us all that Peace Begins with ME.

Star Fire Choir

Star Fire Choir

In the closing remarks, participants were invited to tour the park, enjoy the exhibit and take part in a community art project by making a collage of thumbprints on a large paper dove to further demonstrate their commitment to peace.

All were thanked for joining this circle, affirming that we are ONE, ONE committed to fostering a peaceful community, nation, and world.

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May Peace Prevail on Earth

Respectfully Submitted by:
Anne Gervais, Recreation Coordinator, Leisure Services, City of Greater Sudbury
Lori Adams, WPPS Peace Representative in Canada

International Day of Peace in Warsaw, POLAND

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

 

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WPPS Peace Representative in Poland, Jacek Koslovski, organized a Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony in honor of the International Day of Peace.

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Mayor of Warsaw and Ambassador of Japan were involved.

Naomi Yamazaki, Secretary General of the Goi Peace Foundation attended as representative of Mr. Hiroo Saionji, President and Mrs. Masami Saionji, Chairperson of the Goi Peace Foundation.

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Jacek Kozlovski, WPPS Peace Representative works closely with the Japanese culture group in Poland such as: Tea, Bow and Arrow, Japanese fencing and more.

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Sonoko Tanaka, WPPS Peace Representative in Italy also attended.

 

The 2016 International Day of Peace Student Observance at the United Nations-USA

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

By Rev. Deborah Moldow
Representative to the United Nations for The World Peace Prayer Society

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The International Day of Peace student observance at the United Nations began in 1997, when the Education Outreach division of the Department of Public Information (DPI) decided to invite local students to observe five UN-appointed days, including the International Day of Peace, then marked on the third Tuesday in September, the annual opening day of the General Assembly. The World Peace Prayer Society’s UN Representative offered a World Peace Flag Ceremony with the Middle School students raising the flags of all the Member States. DPI agreed to try it, and from then on the World Peace Prayer Society and Pathways To Peace were NGO partners in planning this event each year, later joined by the United Religions Initiative and the Jane Goodall Institute.

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Over the years, the NGO partners worked with DPI on the annual theme and helped outreach to schools and entertainers. The NGOs also encouraged DPI to invite the Secretary-General into the student event from his ringing of the Peace Bell until his presence and that of the celebrity Messengers of Peace in attendance became a regular feature. They also succeeded in getting the UN to invite the students to offer short presentations on their own peace projects, which is always inspiring. And they asked for the students to be allowed to carry the flags outside to where the Secretary-General rings the Peace Bell.

In 2016, the 20th student observance of the International Day of Peace at the United Nations took peace to a whole new level – literally. After raising the flags high at the UN Peace Bell, the students processed in to their event, which was held in the prestigious General Assembly Hall! After a rousing hip-hop presentation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the students and asked them to become champions of the Global Goals.

Secretary-General Photo by D. Moldow 

Secretary-General
Photo by D. Moldow

The President of the 71st General Assembly also spoke. Then it was time for the Messengers of Peace. Actor Michael Douglas then took on the role of M.C., and then showed a video on disarmament.  Dr. Jane Goodall spoke touchingly about the need to preserve the natural world.

Dr. Jane Goodall Photo by David Willard

Dr. Jane Goodall
Photo by David Willard

Stevie Wonder told of overcoming his disability to reach millions with his music.

Stevie Wonder Photo by David Willard

Stevie Wonder
Photo by David Willard

Leonardo DiCaprio – a favorite with the students – showed a trailer for his new film about climate change.

Leonardo DiCaprio  Photo by David Willard

Leonardo DiCaprio
Photo by David Willard

And Midori played a stunning piece on her violin, before explaining the importance of giving children the experience of living arts.  Following the introduction of the Global Teacher Award honoree, Ms. Hanan Al Hroub of Palestine, all were treated to a beautiful series of songs performed by the Rainbow Choir of children from the Republic of Korea, which was very warmly received.

Rainbow Choir Photo by Ashley Young

Rainbow Choir
Photo by Ashley Young

But that wasn’t all! There were three Nobel Peace Prize laureates to speak to the youth about their passion for peace: Ms. Tawakkol Karman of Yemen, Ms. Leyma Gbowee of Liberia and Ms. Shirin Ebadi of Iran. As youth moderator Dena Mekawi took the podium, there were video links to the UN Peacekeeping missions in Cyprus and Liberia, as well as a student presentation from Rome. Then six students offered brief presentations of their own peace projects, after which Mrs. Ban rang a peace bell inscribed with “May Peace Prevail on Earth” for a 12 noon Minute of Silence, as she has each year of her husband’s term as Secretary-General, which concludes this year.

Mrs. Ban rings the Peace Bell

Mrs. Ban rings the Peace Bell

Following the event, Deborah Moldow and Monica Willard presented Mrs. Ban with a desktop Peace Pole in recognition of her dedication to the students and to peace.

Mrs. Ban, Rev. Deborah Muldow & Monica Willard (from left to right)

Mrs. Ban, Rev. Deborah Muldow & Monica Willard (from left to right)

This spectacular morning of peace ended on a high note with the students being led in a chant of “SDGs – Building Blocks for Peace!” They will not forget their visit to the United Nations – where peace was celebrated at the highest level.

May Peace Prevail on Earth!

UN Photo by Rick Bajornas

UN Photo by Rick Bajornas