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September 18, 2012 > Giving peace a chance

Giving peace a chance

The Peace Bell will ring out on Friday, September 21, ushering in the International Day of Peace worldwide. Located in the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, the Peace Bell was presented to the UN from the United Nations Association of Japan in June 1954 as "a reminder of the human cost of war." The bell was created from coins collected by children from 60 nations and is inscribed with the words, "Long live absolute world peace."

The International Day of Peace, or Peace Day, is a time for all nations to lay down their arms, literally or figuratively, and embrace ways in which to create a culture of peace for the future. Individuals and groups are urged to create their own acts of peace through various activities such as volunteering or fundraising for a positive cause, or the simple action of showing kindness to another. It is also an opportunity to recognize the many people who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace.

Nations around the world will honor the day with a moment of silence at noon. Tri-City residents are invited by Interfaith Women of Peace and Pax Christi to take part in the International Day of Peace Celebration by the Peace Pole at Lake Elizabeth at 6 p.m. Children from the Islamic Society of the East Bay, Sikh Temple, Jewish Synagogue, St. Joseph's Children's Choir, and members from Buddhist Thai Temple will come together in song, dance, and prayer.

Watch the global broadcast of Peace Day on September 20 - 23, beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Celebrations and events worldwide will be featured, including interviews, films, concerts, and festivals.

International Day of Peace Celebration
Friday, Sept 21
6 p.m.
Lake Elizabeth, Fremont
(Sailway Dr. near boat house)

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