This morning the Rotary Club of Dawson County‘s Peace Pole was erected in front of the new pavilion at Veterans Memorial Park. The marble Peace Pole weighs approximately 7,000 pounds and says “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each side in English, Cherokee, French and Spanish.
There will be a formal dedication of the Peace Pole at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, June 24. More details will be provided on the dedication once they have been finalized.
A little history and background on why a Peace Pole was installed at Veterans Memorial Park:
In April 2020 while Sharon Hall was attending the Rotary Club President Elect Training in Atlanta, she learned about the Peace Pole project. Immediately she was intrigued by the project not knowing what 2020 would bring to our world. She talked with and visited several Rotary Clubs that had already erected their Peace Poles – some were exceedingly small while others were big. The one she loved most was the one made from Georgia Marble. After presenting the project to her Board of Directors, the Rotary Club of Dawson County agreed it would be a great project.
Although Covid delayed the project, it was good because it allowed the Rotary Club to get marble instead of granite. Sharon said, “Today, getting the Peace Pole installed, is a day I will never forget. Our club sharing the message ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ will be there long after we have all gone.”
What is a Peace Pole and why should you plant one?
Peace Poles are planted with the Universal Peace Message “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” They symbolize our common wish for a World at Peace. They stand as a silent vigil for peace reminding us to think and act in the spirit of Peace. The Peace message is written in four different languages – one on each side of the Peace Pole.
Planting a Peace Pole is a way of bringing people together to inspire, awaken and uplift the human consciousness the world over. It is a wonderful project for any community, organization or your home. Peace Poles are now recognized as the most prominent international symbol and monument to peace. They remind us to think, speak and act in the spirit of peace and harmony. They stand as a silent visual for peace to prevail on earth.
The Peace Pole program had its beginnings in 1955. You can now find Peace Poles in nearly to 200 countries and more than 200,000 have been placed around the World. Our aim is to distribute 100 Peace Poles for 100 years of Rotary sponsored by 100 Rotary Clubs; each pole will be numbered 1 to 100.