The first annual International Walk for World Peace was two days of people joining together in peace, love and harmony in the heart of Woodstock, NY.
The walk began at approximately 9:30 am. Adults and children gathered at the intersection of SR 212 and SR 375 in Woodstock, NY to receive national flags, distributed by staff of The World Peace Prayer Society, to include, Fumi Johns-Stewart, Executive Director, Ann Marie Williams, Assistant Executive Director, Jim Dugan, Sanctuary Manager and Hal Lefferts, Coordinator for Peace Pals International Art. The walk consisted of more than 100 people carrying colorful, country flags, many carrying more than one flag to represent the 192 countries throughout the world.
Others carried banners bearing the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth. The messengers of peace marched through the center of town, past the village green, where a beautiful hand-sculptured Peace Pole stands vigil, bearing the universal peace message, May Peace Prevail On Earth in over 100 languages.
The walk concluded at Comeau Park, where flag bearers formed a human circle around a Peace Pole in preparation for the World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony, presented by Fumi Johns-Stewart, Executive Director of The World Peace Prayer Society. The day long celebration ended with performances from local vocal artists and musicians, followed by heartfelt speeches from Fr. Johns-local clergy, Jeff Moran-town supervisor and others from the community.
Please take a moment to view the very inspirational video of the Peace March, videographed by a youth group in Woodstock. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPur6VOYZuE