Peace pole to be dedicated International Day of Peace Sept. 21

University peace pole is one of more than 100,000 in 180 countries around the world

UMass Dartmouth will hold a rededication of the Peace Pole located at the top of Centennial Way on Thursday, September 21 at 1 p.m. in honor of the International Day of Peace.

Peace Day was established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nations resolution and has since been observed around the world each year on the 21st of September. This day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

A Peace Pole is a handcrafted monument that serves as a constant reminder for us to visualize and pray for a world of peace. Peace Poles display the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each of its sides, typically in different languages. There are more than 100,000 Peace Poles in 180 countries all over the world dedicated as monuments to peace. The UMass Dartmouth Peace Pole has four sides with eight languages including: Spanish, French, Wampanoag, Arabic, Portuguese, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese, and English. It has become a tradition of UMass Dartmouth to annually rededicate the campus Peace Pole in honor of The International Day of Peace.

Chancellor Robert Johnson, Deacon Frank Lucca, Reverend Lawrence, and Rabbi Satlow will all provide remarks on Peace during the event.


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