Archive for the ‘The World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony’ Category

Remembering the 71st anniversary of Hiroshima Day on August 6th, 2016

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

WPPS members of Hiroshima organized the annual World Peace Flag Ceremony in front of the atomic bomb dome in the heart of the Hiroshima Peace Park on August 6th. 


WPPS in collaboration with James Twyman of World Peace Pulse hosted a live synchronized global meditation at the exact moment the bomb was dropped 71 years ago along with a musical offering of peace songs by James.

The message and prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth, authored by Masahisa Goi of Japan rose out of the ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a message of peace, hope and reconciliation.  The peace message has now touched the hearts of men, women and children the world over and continues to awaken the consciousness of the global family.

WPPS in collaboration with James Twyman of World Peace Pulse hosted alive synchronized global meditation at the exact moment the bomb was dropped 71 years ago along with a musical offering of peace songs by James.


James Twyman with WPPS Exec. Director Fumi Johns Stewart


Thousands watched the live broadcast to connect their hearts with Hiroshima.

The Hiroshima Buddha in Nara


Home of the Hiroshima Buddha, Gokurakuji Temple, Nara, Japan

At the same time in Nara, Japan, a World Peace Flag Ceremony was held at the Gokurakuji Buddhist Temple hosted by Chief Priest Tanaka.  The Temple houses the Hiroshima Buddha which went missing during the construction of the Hiroshima Peace Park and made its way miraculously to Gokurakuji Temple.

Peace Pole gifted to President Obama by WPPS Hiroshima Members!

Peace Pole all packaged and ready to go to the White House

Peace Pole all packaged and ready to go to the White House

As the very first sitting President of the United States, President Obama joined atomic bomb survivors and Japanese officials for a memorial ceremony in Hiroshima Peace Park

on May 27th, 2016.  His visit of reconciliation and healing was received with great appreciation and touched the hearts of the citizens of Hiroshima.  In gratitude and in honor of his visit, WPPS members of Hiroshima sent President Obama a Peace Pole. 

Let’s all hope that it will be planted soon in front of the white house!

World Peace Flag Ceremony at The Parliament of World’s Religions, Salt Lake City, Utah- USA

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

October 17th, 2015

People slowly gathered in the foyer of the Civic Center at 7:00 on the morning of October 17th,  to participate in the World Peace Flag Ceremony which was presented during the 5 day Parliament of World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah.   Flag cards were held high by all in attendance calling forth for “peace to prevail” in every nation on earth.


Each participant placed their flag card after the prayer creating a mandala around the Peace Poles creating a tapestry of world flags at the end of the program.


May Peace Prevail On Earth.

The World Peace Prayer Society and Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, New York-USA

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

June 21st – 22nd, 2015

Jim Dugan, of The World Peace Prayer Society  (WPPS) set up the “ World Peace” booth at the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival, a festival created by the great American Peace Activist and musician Pete Seeger.

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This was the fifth year The WPPS has had a presence at this festival that is considered one of the greatest festivals in the entire country. Clearwater, as the regular attendees refer to the weekend, creates an “Activist Area” for numerous local, national and international organizations from Amnesty International, the Sierra Club and the African Women’s  Education Fund.

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The World Peace Prayer Society is proud to be recognized with these great organizations. Over the last several years, Jim Dugan has been leading a World Peace Flag Ceremony at Clearwater and this year the festival organizers asked Jim to lead a Flag Ceremony on both days of the event. Jim greatly thanks his family for volunteering at both Clearwater and at the Vibes during the 15 hour long work days.

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To learn more about this wonderful festival, please see:


The International Day of Peace at the United Nations-USA

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Deborah-Monica IDP 2015 ReportSeptember 21, 2015

The 2015 International Day of Peace began at the United Nations with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the70th General Assembly ringing the Peace Bell while 193 students raised the flags of the Member States during the Minute of Silence.

Peace Bell
Photo by Amanda Voisard

Following the ceremony, the Secretary-General joined 800 people in Conference Room 4 to begin the student program on the 2015 theme, “Partnerships for Peace–Dignity for All.” A full webcast of the event is at


The program was full of celebrities and rich with information and inspiration. Speakers included Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Messengers of Peace Dr. Jane Goodall, Michael Douglas and Yo-Yo Ma; UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue Herbie Hancock; the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi; Youth Moderator Ms. Zuhal Sultan, the founder of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq; and the students from UNIFIL in Beirut, Lebanon, who were present live via satellite.

SG and Peace Pole
Photo by Dave Willard

Highlights included Yo-Yo Ma playing his cello and students from South Korea demonstrating advanced Taekwondo techniques, as well as students presenting their projects for peace. The United Nations International School Chamber Ensemble sang, “Heal the World.”

Another memorable moment was when a Security guard brought in a dog in response to Dr. Jane Goodall’s desire to have the non-human community represented. Dr. Jane immediately went to greet this special guest by the Peace Pole in the chamber.

Jane w Dog and P Pole - happy
Photo by Dave Willard

The traditional 12 noon Minute of Silence was introduced by the International Day of Peace NGO Committee Co-Chairs: Deborah Moldow, World Peace Prayer Society; Monica Willard, United Religions Initiative; Michael Johnson, Pathways To Peace; Shawn Sweeney, The Jane Goodall Institute. Mrs. Ban rang the World Peace Prayer Society’s Peace Bell, made of recycled weapons of war, and the silence was closed with the room saying together, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

The program concluded with a special 70th Anniversary Flag Ceremony for World Peace developed by the UN Department of Public Information. William Yotive, Education Outreach Director, showed the progression of countries joining the United Nations over the past seven decades by asking the students holding flags of the 193 UN Member States to rise in turn showing the decade in which that country had joined the United Nations.

Students with UN Member Paper Flags
Photo by Dave Willard

An accompanying slide show demonstrated show the growth from 51 Member States in 1946 to 193 in 2015. Then everyone was asked to hold high a paper flag of the United Nations and say together, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Mr. Yotive then asked them to repeat the message with more energy, and the call for peace rang out through the United Nations.


Report by Monica Willard and Deborah Moldow

World Peace Flag Ceremony at Tillman Chapel in the Church Center for the United Nations-NYC-USA

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

September 21, 2015

The Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN, the Church Center for the United Nations, and an impressive list of coalitions and organizations including the World Peace Prayer Society co-sponsored a day-long vigil for the International Day of Peace at the Tillman Chapel in the Church Center across the street from the United Nations on 21 September.


The event was entitled, “The Quest for a Just and Sustainable Peace,” with a keynote address on “A Tale of Two 70s: The 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the United Nations and the Hiroshima/Nagasaki Atomic Bombing.”  The winning artwork of the 2015 Peace Pals Art Exhibition with the theme “Love to Hiroshima–Love to Nagasaki” was on display throughout the day.


The Chaplain for the Church Center, which is run by the United Methodist Women, is Rev. Dionne Boissiere. She now has her own desktop Peace Pole, which she placed in a special area where those in attendance could write their prayers on a ribbon to post on a board. The Chapel was filled with prayers for peace all day long. Rev. Boissiere also put out a call to churches to ring their bells at 12 noon and for everyone to Tweet, #MayPeacePrevailOnEarth!


The World Peace Prayer Society held a World Peace Prayer Ceremony with the flags of all nations at 3:00, following the hourly Minute of Silence, accompanied by the Society’s Peace Bell made of recycled weapons of war. The flags has been raised that morning by students at the bell ringing ceremony by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Now each one was presented in turn as everyone sent a prayer for peace to prevail in each country of the world in turn, accompanied by the transcendent music of the World Peace Violin.


Many special friends of the World Peace Prayer Society took part in the prayers, including Andrew Benson Greene of Sierra Leone, who has long worked with Bockarie Enssah, our Peace Representative there. He is an accomplished poet, who has written a book of poetry called “The Peace Pole.”


This heartfelt call to peace from the United Nations was surely felt around the world. May Peace Prevail on Earth.


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

Community Pot Luck Gathering & World Peace Flag Ceremony, The World Peace Sanctuary, Wassaic, New York-USA

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

July 12, 2015

Friends and neighbors of The World Peace Sanctuary were invited to The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) for a festive Community Pot Luck Gathering and World Peace Flag Ceremony on Sunday, July 12th, 2015.


Guest were eager to take part in the special,  flag Ceremony, held under the canopy of 100 year old walnut trees, referred to as the “sacred grove.” Flag bearers and audience alike were taken on a virtual world tour as country names were announced while participants sent their heartfelt wishes for “peace to prevail “in each country!


At the end of the ceremony, Michael Raspantini, carrying the USA flag, and Yumiko Sasaki ( born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan) carrying  the Japan flag, were asked to stand side-by-side with their flags,  in honor of the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki ( August 6th, 2015).  The World Peace Prayer Society was established in Japan and its headquarters is in The United States.


Fifty or so people attended this event. Many attended from the immediate community, some from surrounding towns, and NYC area, in addition to WPPS members from California.  Everyone shared their  homemade signature dishes and were happy  to simply spend time together and out in nature, on the beautiful sprawling grounds of The World Peace Sanctuary.  There one can find a picnic area,  a labyrinth in the walnut grove and a Peace Path that leads up to the Ceremonial field.


To learn more about the programs and projects at The World Peace Sanctuary, email:

Ann Marie Robustelli, Assistant Director at The World Peace Sanctuary

World Youth Peace Forum in Cairo-EGYPT

Friday, June 19th, 2015


Concerning the World Youth Peace Forum in Cairo, we have concluded this incredible event 3 weeks ago in an atmosphere of deep joy!  How wonderful it is to see the action of God in thousands of young students in many countries throughout the world.

Youths from the 10 delegations coming from South America, Europe and Middle East.

I will not conceal the complexity of such an event that involved hundreds of schools, several international organizations working for peace and various associations and movements. During the 3 day Forum  1,300 people (students and teachers) from 20 countries attended.

Fifty-two students from several schools and universities in Cairo nominated by the Universal circle of Ambassadors of Peace “Young Ambassadors of Peace” for their commitment to peace, especially through their example in living the LIVING PEACE project.

A great contribution to the success of this international event was the experience of fraternity that 53 young people from 10 delegations representing three continents lived together for 3 days in Alexandria, Egypt.

Ceremony of the flags and choreography of Peace

The theme “Let’s Bridge” explained in three parts: create bridges between cultures, generations and its realization with the project “Living Peace” was enriched with amazing experiences, workshops and beautiful artistic performances.

Peace Dance by students from Sudan

The final presentation of “Living Peace” by Egyptian children and from many other nations through local experiences and many incredible movies and power point presentations from all over the world has been an explosion of freshness and life, making visible their commitment to build a culture of peace.

Dance by students of Pakistan International School in Cairo

Forty-six children and six adults were nominated “Ambassadors of Peace” by the Universal Circle of Ambassadors of Peace.  A special contribution to the program was the testimony of  a peacemaker by the name of Safaa, age 12, who is a paraplegic. She presented herself by a power point that she prepared; clicking on her laptop with her chin.

Many messages arrived to the Forum, including one from Kailash Satyarthi (INDIA) – Nobel Peace Prize 2014, from the United Nation, UNESCO and others.

Presentation of different peace projects by students from Mexico, Argentine, Brazil and Egypt

Domenicus Rhode, president of the World Peace Forum, conferred to: the representative of NGO “New Humanity,” the Rowad American College and Manchester International School and the Luxembourg Peace Prize in 2015, for their commitment in favor of a culture of peace.

Dominicus Rohde (Germania), President of the World Peace Forum is opening officially the Forum

The Forum began with the reading of a passage from the Koran and was concluded with the figure of Pope Francis through the presentation of the project “Scholas” by one of the leaders of this mega project of 400,000 schools in the world. This seemed a tangible sign of the universal dimension of the “Living Peace” which already is present in many countries around the world with different cultures and religions. 

I greet you with all my heart!
May Peace Prevail On Earth.
Carlos Palma-EGYPT

Zihuatanejo certified as an International City of Peace – MEXICO

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

February 4 – 9, 2015

A week-long event took place in the west coast beach town of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, located in the State of Guerrero.  The event was organized by the Zihuatanejo Peace Committee which was founded by WPPS Peace Representative Patricia Ann Talley who planted the first Peace Pole in the center of town 5 years ago.  The directorship passed to Wendy Carbajal this year with Patricia still serving as honorary board member and advisor.

The event was supported by a large number of local organizations and businesses including the Rotary Club, University of Tourism and the City of Zihuatanejo as well as North American based organizations including WPPS, the UN NGO committee for the International Day of Peace, the Peace School of Chicago, Wayne State University, CoNGO, Cercle de Paix and the Detroit Renaissance Peace Center.


The week opened with a WPPS Peace Pals Art Exhibition which was held at the Archeological Museum.  The Ambassador of Peace Exhibition features artwork from 86 countries by artists aged 5 through 18, collected over the past 17 years the Peace Pals Art Awards program has been in action.  Each artwork includes the message May Peace Prevail On Earth.


A number of “Peace in Action” webinar conferences took place during the week, inviting dialogue and presentations by UAGRO Mexico and visiting Wayne State students on the topic of social justice, with participation from Saudi  Arabia, France, Canada and New York.  The Peace in Action educator’s peace conference highlighted various topics on creating a culture of peace.


On February 9th the grand finale was celebrated with a World Peace Flag Ceremony around the Peace Pole. To open the program, children from Casa Pacifica presented a short play and led us in singing “We are the World.”  The first nation peoples from the area also blessed us with their ceremonial dance and ritual.


After the World Peace Flag Ceremony, youth from the Alliance program led a peace march through the center of town to the municipal playground where the Mayor Luis Fernando Vergara Silva and State Governor Rogelio Ortega Martínez officiated the ceremony to certify Zihuatanejo as an International City of Peace.



The local TV station enthusiastically covered the finale program on television.

May Peace be in Zihuatanejo
May Peace be in Mexico

International Flag Ceremony at College of DuPage – Chicago, USA

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

November 2014

Just a few weeks ago, on an 8 degree fahrenheit November day, Jim Dugan of The World Peace Prayer Society in New York, accompanied by his wife Jackie Eaton, travelled to the College of DuPage, located on the western edge of Chicago, to present the International Flag Ceremony. The event took place in the center of a beautiful campus with several hundred students and numerous school administrators in attendance. For the Flag Ceremony, Jim shared current events that he compiled on every United Nations Member country and Jackie timed the digital presentation on the two large screens. The presentation consisted of slides of each nation showing a world map with an arrow pointing to the nation’s location along with their flag and with the words “May Peace Be In” that nation written across the bottom. Students signed up in advance to carry a flag of their choice and some joined in by choosing a flag during the Ceremony and as Jim came around to each nation, the students shouted the country name and at the end of the region exclaimed May Peace Prevail in that region.

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Everyone in attendance took a trip around our amazing planet, region by region, sharing and learning a little bit about what is happening with our sisters and brothers across the globe. The Ceremony took Jim exactly 2 hours of non stop narration and, during the closing remarks, couldn’t be heard over the public address system as the applause was too loud! An eight language Peace Pole was given to DuPage that will be used at numerous events on the campus, and during the Ceremony, students had a chance to write messages of Peace to go into a time capsule inside the Peace Pole. The eight languages on the Peace Pole were chosen as being the eight most spoken languages on this incredibly diverse campus.

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The College of DuPage has over 26,000 students and David Swope, the Interim Director with the schools Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion emailed Jim after the Ceremony with the following words: “Mr. Dugan, Allow me the opportunity to sincerely express my profound appreciation. The International Flag Ceremony  conducted by The World Peace Sanctuary at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois on Tuesday November 18, 2014 was enlightening and edifying in several ways. This Ceremony informed us about issues that exist around the world, in a manner that caused one to have a positive focus on people from all walks of life, all over the world in the same moment of time. Very unique. This Ceremony provided a platform to demonstrate Peaceful Pride in one’s home land, to connect with a place through positive gestures of flag waving and words of encouragement.  World Peace Sanctuary “gets it” – that no matter how different we are or where we come from, we all share humanity as a common thread and at the foundation of human existence, is the need for peace. The Ceremony brought to life that people struggle, succeed, hurt, excel and all the rest. Yet through all of our experiences life is always better, where Peace Prevails. Jim, to the World Peace Sanctuary, keep spreading the message of how cultural diversity makes us rich, intricate and robust as humans. The Peace Pole will stand at COD as an awesome reminder of the rewarding experience we shared at the College and perhaps, in an unselfish way, we are a little better as students, staff and administrators because we took some time to humble ourselves and wish peace for others.  Thank You!