Celebrating a Day of Peace
By Michael Latriano
Back in April of this year the Atención published an article about the first Peace Pole in San Miguel. Recently I completed a companion mosaic mural called “Paz en cada paso,” (Peace in Every Step). The message being that we can all achieve peace in the present moment, with every step we take. Both pieces are located on Rinconada de la Aldea. A mosaic at the entrance to this pedestrian walkway now identifies the 50 meters leading to the Peace Pole and mural as Camino de la Paz. All are invited to walk the San Miguel Camino (path of peace), and realize the benefits of peace in every step, in the present moment.
Shortly after the Peace Pole was completed I received an email from Tom Schneider, a San Miguel resident working to have San Miguel certified with the UN as a Culture of Peace Community, similar to a UNESCO certification. Unbeknownst to me, the first requirement for this designation is to have a Peace Pole. ¡Qué milagro! Another miraculous example of synchronicity at work in San Miguel. I quickly arranged a meeting between Schneider and Beverly Nelson, director of LifePath, who subsequently established the Camino de la Paz peace committee.
In 1981 the United Nations General Assembly passed resolution 36/67 declaring an International Day of Peace. In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a new resolution 55/282 declaring September 21 of each year as the International Day of Peace. The 2001 Resolution:
“Declares that the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day.
Invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, and non-governmental organizations and individuals to commemorate, in an appropriate manner, the International Day of Peace, including through education and public awareness, and to cooperate with the United Nations in the establishment of the global ceasefire.”
Around the world, people will be planting Peace Poles, re-dedicating their Peace Poles, conducting World Peace Prayer Ceremonies, participating in community service projects, and observing the International Day of Peace in service and prayer for peace. You are encouraged to commemorate the day in whatever way you feel appropriate, whether that means organizing a large program with thousands of others, or silently taking a moment for peace by walking the Camino.
On this day, and every day, please remember the prayer: May Peace Prevail on Earth!