International Day of Peace

September 21 is the day of celebration for International Day of Peace.  Also called World Peace Day it was first celebrated in 1982. According to Wiki, “it is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access.”

To begin the celebration for this special day, the United Nations Peace Bell is rung at UN Headquarters in New York City. The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa. It was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan, as “a reminder of the human cost of war”; the inscription on its side reads, “Long live absolute world peace”.

So many people speak of peace as the ideal condition for all mankind but fail to see how they can help the world’s condition and the lack of peace.  In reality it takes much more than having nations agree to no war and solving national conflicts.  If every person in the world could make a vow to involve peace in every aspect of their life, we could reach that dream and every day would be an International Day of Peace.

International Day of Peace
International Day of Peace

You might ask, how can I as an individual without any political power and influence possibly have any bearing on this ideal of  peace for the world. ” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has given the following suggestions,

“On this International Day of Peace, let us pledge to teach our children the value of tolerance and mutual respect.  Let us invest in the schools and teachers that will build a fair and inclusive world that embraces diversity.  Let us fight for peace and defend it with all our might.”



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