The YMCA branches in Hickory and Conover have added two monuments to peace at their locations. A Peace Pole was planted at the Adrian Shuford YMCA on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Hickory Foundation YMCA unveiled their new symbol of Peace.
“Peace poles are part of an international effort to provide physical markers intended to inspire greater commitment to peace and harmony within communities.” wrote the Hickory Daily Record of the event.
YMCA Fund Development Director Gerry Knox said “The Peace Poles at the local YMCA branches have the message written in Danish, French, Spanish, German, Braille, Cherokee, Hebrew, American Sign Language, Romanian, Hmong and Irish Gaelic”.
Peace Poles contain the phrase “May Peace Prevail On Earth in various languages”. Which first began with Masahisa Goi, the founder of May Peace Prevail On Earth International, his words still resonate today with each Peace Pole planted.
“The celebration of bringing the community together allows us to sincerely focus on our mutual desire to serve, create and manifest true peace on earth while transcending our differences and rejoicing common humanity,” Knox said.
The poles were donated by Sherrills Ford residents Myra and Darwin Smith.
May Peace Prevail In North Carolina.
May Peace Prevail On Earth