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Celebrating the Day of Peace Together

Nelson y Shannon Hosford

Homero Almaguer y Francisco Olvera

Oscar Arcos y Tom Schnider




Larry Mills y Alicia Mayo

Pilar Ortega y Alfredo Lozano

Luis Castro, Josephine Blanc, Alexa Castro y Sara Negrete

By Karla Ortiz

The Rotary Club and the Rotaract Club of San Miguel de Allende joined with Camino de la Paz and Colectivo 41 on September 21, the official day of peace declared by the United Nations in 2001. This date is celebrated throughout the world to unite all individuals, cultures, and nations. There was a minute of silence in a show of solidarity with our brothers and sisters affected by the earthquake last Tuesday.

The peace pole, the obelisk located in Parque Juárez that was inaugurated on August 2, shows the legend, “Let Peace Prevail on Earth” in six languages: English, Spanish, Otomí, Nahuatl, Braille, and Mexican sign language. Within that monument is the time capsule that will be opened by the citizens of San Miguel in the year 2067. The capsule holds hundreds of messages of peace answering these questions: What does peace mean to you? How do you see peace in your life and in the world in 50 years?

Everyone can join in creating this bond of peaceful expression for the future, with words of young children and adults. Vianney, president of Club Rotaract hoped, “… all wishes are fulfilled, not only in 50 years but in less.” Colectivo 41 invited the children to paint a blanket with messages of peace. On it were hearts, drawings, and messages like “peace in all countries” and “love and respect.”

Afterwards, the students of the José María Morelos primary school recited the poem “Palomita Linda,” captivating all present with their verses and mime. During the event, peace paintings created by local artists in the city were exhibited, and at the end, a symbolic photograph was taken of all the attendees so that citizens who are participants in the opening of the time capsule in 2067 can observe what it was like on the day it was buried and who was present.


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