Lakewood receives Peace Pole from Lake Oswego Rotary
June 7, 2017 Lakewood Board unveils a new Peace Pole given to the Center by Lake Oswego Rotary
A Peace Pole is placed at Lakewood Center for the Arts
June 7, 2017: Lakewood Board members unveil a new peace pole at the entry to Lakewood’s parking lot. The pole was purchased and donated by Lake Oswego Rotary. A Peace Pole is a hand-crafted monument that displays the message: "May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the language of the country where it has been placed, and displays the message in different languages on its other sides.
There are more than 200,000 Peace Poles in more than 195 countries all over the world dedicated as monuments to peace. They serve as constant reminders for us to visualize and strive for world peace.
The idea of Peace Poles was first thought up by Masahisa Goi in 1955 in Japan. The Peace Pole Project today is promoted by The World Peace Prayer Society as well as other civic groups, non-profits and individuals. The first Peace Poles outside Japan were constructed in 1983. Peace Poles have been placed in such notable locations as the North Magnetic Pole, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and the site of the Egyptian Pyramids in Giza, the Aiki Shrine in Iwama, Japan, as well as numerous community parks. Frequently they are placed near the entrances of churches, schools and community gathering places.
Thank you Lake Oswego Rotary for your mission of promoting world peace.
Top picture: left to right - Steve Jurney, Jeanne Denton, Don Plumb, Cyndie Glazer, Jan Coulton, Mike Dotten, Skip O'Neill, Joann Frankel, and Joanne Kantor.
Bottom picture: left to right - Don Plumb, PResident of Lakewood and Andrew Edwards, Exec. Director.