June 28th, 2015
Hi Ann Marie,
I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that we planted the Memorial Peace Pole in honor of AlySun Paniche at the Nashville Friends Meeting on Sunday, June 28, 2015. The address is 530 26th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209.
We had a lovely dedication ceremony, and instead of mixing the cement beforehand, everyone put a trowel-full of it into the hole after sharing a message of peace, if they chose to share. Then we added water and mixed it right in the hole.
As you can see from the attached photos, we had a lot of kids participate, and in their First Day School (Quaker equivalent of Sunday school) this morning, they made little tokens of peace that we buried with the Peace Pole. Other friends buried crystals, shells, fossil, feathers, and stones in the hole.
Other friends buried crystals, shells, fossil, feathers, and stones in the hole. We sang “Let There Be Peace On Earth” and “Dona Nobis Pacem” together as a group.
I passed around a photograph of Aly, so those who didn’t know her could see her bright smiling face and know what a love-filled being she was and still is. This was a way for my husband Brian and me to honor and memorialize Aly, and for our Meeting, to promote peace.
Thank you for the work you do, and May Peace Prevail On Earth, always in all ways!