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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

Mayor of Szklarska in Poreba accepts Peace Pole-POLAND

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

On September 23rd, in recognition of the International Day of Peace- members and staff of the World Peace Prayer Society ( WPPS) along with Sonoko Tanaka, WPPS Peace Representative in Italy presented the town of Szklarska, Poreba and its Major with a Peace Pole and dedication ceremony.

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Sonoko was also there to spread the peace education program in local schools.

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That same evening we all visited the Aikido dojo where we planted a Peace Pole a few years ago and had a good meeting with the aikido group.

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Jacek Kozlowski
WPPS, Peace Representative in Poland

Celebrating IDP -20th anniversary of the 49th Peace Pole erected on Peace Mountain in Peace City-Kosice, SLOVAKIA

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Dear friends in peace,

Sending you the report from Slovakia:
September 15th this year was a great day for 120 children including their teachers and parents supporting Peace activities.

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We celebrated the 20th aniversary of the 49th Peace Pole erected on Peace Mountain which is 1242 kilometers high. Peace Mountain, in Peace City is located in Kosice, the east part of Slovakia.  Peace City is visited by many foreign tourist every year-most of them are Japanese.
The activity was held to celebrate the upcoming IDP- “International Day of Peace.”

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500The World Peace Flag Ceremony took place for European COUNTRIES and relay standards for all COUNTRIES was presented.

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It was a special occasion for all participants to see the 15 year old ribbon on the standards. They were from the project in 2001-the LONGEST PEACE message in the world–it is a 3700 meter long ribbon with the message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in different languages.

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This year’s activity was finished with reading peace greetings for schools in European COUNTRIES.

Klarka Hodnicova, WPPS Peace Representative, NM-Kosice, Slovakia

International Day of Peace in DENMARK

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

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A group of organizations including The World Peace Prayer Society and the Goi Peace Foundation, supported an event in Denmark titled “Pathways to Peace and Justice.” It was held north of Copenhagen at the Gribskov Community Center in Gribskov, Denmark.

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Bente Milton, an award winning film maker and Director of Club of Budapest in Scandinavia and head of Transition World (transitionworld.org), organized the two day gathering on September 21st and 22nd.  The gathering was the first of 17 events being planned over the next 4 years that highlights and educates the principles of the “Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.”  The event in Denmark was the very first gathering to begin discussing the SDG#16: Peace Justice and Strong Institutions.  The key theme brought forth the question : How can we work together to make it happen?

The two day event started with welcome remarks by Bente followed by an introduction of the 17Sustainable Development Goals by Alan AtKisson (atkisson.com) with several “Meshworking” dialogue groups throughout the program to discuss how to envision breakthroughs in various walks of life and society.

Peace Pole presented to Mayor Kim Valentin of Gilleleje

Peace Pole presented to Mayor Kim Valentin of Gilleleje

On September 21st, which marks  the International Day of Peace celebrated the world over, a Peace Pole was presented to Mayor Kim Valentin of Gilleleje followed by a powerful and high energy World Peace Flag Ceremony involving youth from MIndJuice, a school of hope, insight, great knowledge and extraordinary visions.

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The Peace Pole was activated by all attendants and was planted the following day at the Gilleleje coast.  The location is known as a refuge point for Jews during World World II who were transiting to Sweden for safety.

It was also a spot where Danish philosopher,  Soren Kierkegaard, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author took meditative walks. In late 19th century, he wrote the following tribute poem about the area ——Gilbjerget will forever be one of my favorite locations… here I have seen, so to speak, the world’s emergence.  

It is a truly befitting location for a Peace Pole.

May Peace be in Denmark
May Peace Prevail On Earth

 

Five-hundred desktop Peace Poles in honor of the International Day of Peace-Winston-Salem, North Carolina-USA

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
500 (8”) desktop Peace Poles handcrafted by Jim Dugan, Peace Pole maker at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY-USA

500 (8”) desktop Peace Poles handcrafted by Jim Dugan, Peace Pole maker at The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, NY-USA