September 19, 2022
Hello, here are some photos of the (2) Peace Poles in Colombia.
Two Peace Poles were relocated and one was newly installed.
Comments given by Jane Vankuren during the Peace Pole dedication in La Plata, Huila, COLOMBIA on September 19, 2022.
“My name is Jane Vankuren, and I am a member of the Rotary International Club of Sherwood, Oregon, located in the western part of the United States. Thank you for spending time with us today as we dedicate this Peace Pole in person and online to honor the residents of El Hogar de Milagrosas.
A ceremony brings us together with the people sheltered by the San Vincente Foundation.
You may ask, What is a Peace Pole? And why is it significant? A Peace Pole is an internationally recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of people all around the world, standing in vigil for peace on Earth.
Each Peace Pole bears the prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages on its four sides.
Here at El Hogar de Milagrosas, the languages chosen were Spanish, English, German, and French.
Why is a peace pole significant? What good can it do in our world? The first seeds of this movement were planted in 1976 in Japan, by Masahisa Goi. Since that time, it has grown considerably. In 1990 as a non-profit, non-sectarian organization, it became a part of the United Nations Public Information Office.
You may not know that our city of La Plata Huila has four Peace Poles in important locations.
You can find Peace Poles at San Sebastian Catholic Church, SurColombiana University, Principal Park, and now in La Plata, Huila!”
Submitted by: Jane Vankuren, Rotary International Club of Sherwood, Oregon