“When people around the world stop to recognize the International Day of Peace on September 21, Talbot County will be participating with a commemoration at the fountain of Idlewild Park in Easton beginning at 2 pm.
The Day of Peace is a global holiday when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace. As it falls on Sunday this year many churches will recognize this dedication to peace at their services. Habitat for Humanity is joining with prayers for shelter worldwide.
The local grassroots organization P.E.A.C.E., Peace Education and Community Effort, is sponsoring an event to be shared by millions across the world in recognition that peace is possible and there is a better world to be built. It invites the community to meet at the fountain on the corner if Idlewild Avenue and Peach Blossom Road in silent prayer and song.
Since its inception, events ranging from private gatherings to public concerts have been organized each year in celebration of ‘Peace Day’. It was first established by the United Nations in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. UN. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon states, “On this International Day, let us promise to make peace not just a priority, but a passion. Let us pledge to do more, wherever we are in whatever way we can, to make every day a day of peace.”
A powerful activity of ‘Peace Day’ is the Minute of Silence at 12 o’clock noon in every time zone as it circles the globe. It has traditionally been a moment to gather around a Peace Pole, have a prayer, or simply pause wherever one is.
P.E.A.C.E. is a non-profit organization under the 501©)(3) of the Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention. Information on its goals and activities can be found at www.talbotcountypeace.org. To learn more about the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, visit the offical website, www.internationaldayofpeace.org.