Rocketship Park – Where the Long Island Peace Pole Project was launched – New York – USA

Peace Pole in Rocketship Park Dedicated to World Peace on Long Island, New York

Originally planted on November 19,  2019

Members of Building Bridges in Brookhaven join Port Jefferson officials in dedicating the new Peace Pole in Rocketship Park. 

An 11-foot wood Peace Pole installed inside the fence of Rocketship Park in Port Jefferson is looking for residents to stop and think about how peace may prevail around the globe. 

Members of Building Bridges in Brookhaven join Port Jefferson officials in dedicating the new Peace Pole in Rocketship Park. 

The civic group Building Bridges in Brookhaven gathered with Port Jeff village officials on Nov. 19 to dedicate the new Peace Pole. On it reads “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in 10 different languages, including sign language and Braille. Art depicts small handprints and flowers, courtesy of Setauket resident and artist Maryanne Hart, also of the North Shore Peace Group. 

Community activist group Building Bridges in Brookhaven got themselves behind the project and after buying a 16-foot length of cedar from Riverhead Lumber they cut it down to 11 feet, where now 3 feet is in the ground.

Photograph by: Kyle Barr

Reverend Gregory Leonard of the Bethel AME Church spoke to those congregated to unveil the Peace Pole. The Peace Pole features a solar-powered light at the top, and the reverend led those there to dedicate the Peace Pole in singing “This Little Light of Mine.”

“The elements of peace are many, but I think it’s important to think of how we treat one another, how we are humble toward one another,” he said. “Of all the things, communication is so important — being able to talk to one another.”

Mayor Margot Garant said she had met with civic leaders Tom Lyon, Myrna Gordon and the director of operations for the Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Barbara Ransome. Once she was told it was a Peace Pole, the mayor said she didn’t ask any other questions but “when and where.”

“We really wanted to make a message about providing peace,” Gordon said. 

Lyon said the idea for the Peace Poles came to the group from The Peace Pole Project in Wassaic upstate, who are working to put up Peace Poles all over the globe.

“This should be visible — out where kids are going to see it, children are going to grow up talking about the Peace Pole and talking about the park,” Lyon said.

The Peace Pole is one of more than 250,000 in more than 200 countries. Each one is inscribed with the words “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in hundreds of languages. The project began in 1955 with Japanese peace activist Masahisa Goi, and Ransome said they’re looking to spread his message into today.

Building Bridges was formed almost four years ago and host the MLK Community Festival yearly at the Setauket Presbyterian Church.

Lyon said this could be just the start of what could end as a project covering the whole of Long Island. He said his group, working alongside local Rotary organizations and Pax Christi could set a goal by the end of 2020 to plant 100 Peace Poles across the Island, whether in churches or in playgrounds such as Port Jeff’s Rocketship Park. 

They’ve accomplished their goal and the amount of Peace Poles on Long Island, continues to grow.