September 21, 2023
Zoetermeer, a town in Southern Netherlands had planted a Peace Pole twenty-eight years ago. It urgently needed to be replaced and so the town decided to use the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2023, as a planting date for the new Peace Pole that included 8-language translations, in addition to a brass Braille plate.
Mayor Luigi van Leeuwen, who attended the Peace Pole planting back in 1995, inaugurated the new Peace Pole in Zoetermeer’s Central Park. Despite the rain 40 people attended, amongst them refugees from the Ukraine who were so grateful that peace on earth was celebrated in the country which offered them a new home.
Dagmar Berkenberg, European office