The Peace Pole Project
Published in the Orange County Register on April 10, 2013
There is a worldwide organization, the members of which have all planted a peace pole in their community. There are tens of thousands of these poles in over 180 countries on every continent. They are dedicated as monuments to peace. Each pole has four to six sides and each side displays the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in a different language. These poles serve as constant reminders to visualize and pray for world peace. Peace lovers of all faiths have been involved in peace pole dedications including the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, and Deepak Chopra.
There is a pole on the Allenby Bridge between Israel and Jordan, there are 84 of them in Peace Pole Park commemorating the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, there is one at the War Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, and one on Robben Island in South Africa where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. There is one at the Pyramids at El Giza in Egypt, and one at the site of Jesus’ baptism at Bethany - Beyond - the Jordan. There are poles at schools, churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples around the world.
One of these peace poles is located in the city of Fullerton at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. That pole is a four-sided one and includes the peace message (twice on each side) in English, Korean, Spanish, Hebrew, French, Arabic, German, and Celtic. The pole is open to the public and located in the back of the church property next to the labyrinth. More information about the Peace Pole Project is available at www.peacepoleproject.org.
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