WHAT: Planting of a Peace Pole
WHERE: Coffee Strong, 15109 Union Ave., SW, Lakewood WA, near I-5's Exit 122
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at 12:00 noon
A Peace Pole will be planted on December 26, 2009, at 12:00 noon
Coffee Strong, 15109 Union Ave., SW, Lakewood WA
Near Freedom Bridge, at exit 122 on I-5
The pole will be in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Dari.
All are invited.
The Peace Pole Project started in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, who decided to dedicate his life to spreading the message, "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in response to the bombings of Hiroshima. Peace Poles are handcrafted monuments erected the world over as international symbols of Peace. Their purpose is to spread the message, "May Peace Prevail on Earth ' in a different language on each side.
Peace begins in the heart and mind of each individual. As war begins with thoughts of war, Peace begins with thoughts of Peace. The Peace Pole reminds us to keep Peace ever-present in our thoughts. As we learn to honor one another, our environment, and all creation on Earth, the vision of Global Peace will gradually become a natural way of life, a true culture of Peace.
Peace Poles can be found in town squares, city halls, schools, places of worship, parks -- any place where the the spirit of Peace is embraced by people of good will. since the beginning of the project over 200,000 Peace Poles have been planted in over 200 countries around the world.
Some of the extraordinary locations include the Pyramids of El Giza in Egypt, the magnetic North Pole in Canada, Gorky Park in Russia and the Pentagon. They promote healing of conflicts in places like Sarajevo, the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, and the Allenby Bridge bordering Israel and Jordan.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts earned recognition planting Peace Poles. Mayors all over the world have planted Peace Pole dedicating their towns to World Peace. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Pope John Paul II, and the Dalai Lama, have dedicated Peace Poles.
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