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K-State Peace Pole Dedication At the CNV Fall Rally

On September 21, 2009 K-State will dedicate a Peace Pole to commemorate of a decade of nonviolence education by the Campaign for Nonviolence in the K-State/Manhattan community. Please join us!

CNV Fall Rally, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm – K-State Union Join one of many campus and community groups who work in many ways to “be the change” through nonviolent personal and social action. Then walk with us down the hill to the… Peace Pole Dedication – 12:45 pm -- UFM lawn, corner of Thurston and Manhattan Avenue. More details to come.

Peace Poles The Peace Pole Project started in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, who decided to dedicate his life to spreading the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in response to the bombings on Hiroshima. Today there are tens of thousands of Peace Poles in over 200 countries. In Manhattan, Kansas we have two Peace Poles – one in the Community Gardens (behind Howie’s Recycling Center) and one at Manhattan High School. Photos of these traditional, white wood poles are available at the following link: Actions/peacepoles.htm

One: Several local groups have met at the Community Gardens Peace Pole on Mother’s Day for the last two years.

Two: The CNV and Manhattan High woodworking students collaborated on a Peace Pole now installed at the High School.

Peace Poles are handcrafted monuments erected the world over as international symbols of Peace. Their purpose is to spread the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in a different language, one on each side.

The new K-State Peace Pole is carved from granite by 6 th generation Kansas stone masons from Beloit , with four languages literally etched in stone. They are English, Japanese, Potawatomi American Indian and the language of Bhutan – plus the tracks of opossum, heron, turtle and bison.

To see this beautiful Peace Pole – come to the dedication!

The message of the Peace Pole is basically: Peace begins in the heart and mind of each individual. As war begins with thoughts of war, Peace begins with thoughts of Peace. The Peace Pole reminds us to keep Peace ever-present in our thoughts. As we learn to honor one another, our environment, plants, animals and all creation on Earth, the vision of global Peace will gradually become a natural way of life, a true culture of Peace. ( )

The new K-State Peace Pole will be a public gathering spot, a symbol of resolve to live nonviolently, and a reminder of the Campaign for Nonviolence motto: Nonviolence begins with You/Me.