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Inauguration of Peace Pole Seeking to Inspire Harmony and a World at Peace

By Robin Loving

San Miguel de Allende is officially joining 200,000 cities in 194 countries in the inauguration of a peace pole in Parque Juarez, Wednesday, August 2, at 4 p.m. A peace pole is a four-sided monument that displays the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the language of the country where it is placed and three additional languages. The one in San Miguel will feature six languages, including English, Spanish, Otomi, Nahuatl, Braille, and Mexican Sign Language. The SMA peace pole will acknowledge Rotary in both Spanish and English around the base of the pole.

Inauguration of Peace Pole in Parque Juarez
Wed, Aug 2, 4pm
Parque Juarez, Centro
Free

The first peace pole was placed at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in 1955; just 10 years after the world’s first nuclear devices were used. The unveiling of San Miguel’s three-meter-tall pink cantera monument will include a time capsule. In it will be the hopes for peace from local students, who will display the flags of 194 nations at the ceremony. In addition, there will be a medallion from the Rotarian Action Group for Peace, something from the United Nations, and other significant artifacts in the time capsule. The ceremony will include music played by Yoremem Jocobi and there will be indigenous ceremonial dancers and more.

At 5:30pm, a peace walk with the students, organizers, Rotarians from Querétaro and around Mexico, and others will proceed to the Jardín with the flags of 194 nations and Mexico’s own peace flag, known as the Bandera de Paz.

At 6:30pm, the formal inauguration of the peace pole will start at either the Jardín or Teatro Angela Peralta, depending on weather. It is anticipated that there will be a presentation by San Miguel Rotaract youth, a message from the World Peace Prayer Society, and a message by Presidente Municipal Ricardo Villarreal. Entertainment will include more music and a dance exposition.

“A peace pole symbolizes the oneness of humanity, our wish for a world at peace. It reminds us to think, speak, and act in the spirit of peace and harmony. It brings people together to inspire, awaken, and uplift the human consciousness. It stands as a silent vigil for peace to prevail on earth,” said Rotary Peace Pole Organizer, Tom Schneider.

“The time capsule is meant to be opened in 50 years. We have our English and Spanish speaking Rotary Clubs, our Rotaract Club, Camino de la Paz, the Municipality of San Miguel de Allende, and countless citizens to thank for this expression of hope for peace,” said Rotarian Francisco M. Arino.

To see the video “Rotary is Peace,” go to www.RotaryIsPeace.org (English) and/or RotaryEsPaz.org (Spanish). For more information about peace poles, go to PeacePoleProject.org. For more information about Rotary, go to www.Rotary.org. For more information about Camino de la Paz, go to caminodelapaz.org. For more information about the Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende–Midday, and to see some of the donors for the peace pole, go to RotarySMAMidday.org or contact us at 415 112 3413.

 

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