The Lewis River Rotary Club of Battle Ground, along with the Jubitz Family Foundation, will be dedicating three Peace Poles on Friday, April 21. This coincides with the installation of over 130 Peace Poles on the same date by other Rotary Clubs all around Rotary District 5100. What’s a Peace Pole? Read on to find out:
The first Peace Pole was planted in Japan by Masahisa Goi, in the mid 1950s. Goi, whose family was greatly affected by World War II, dedicated his life to spreading this message: “May peace prevail on Earth.” The original Peace Poles were meant to cause people to reflect on the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.
The three new Peace Poles being installed in Clark County—displaying the words “May peace prevail on Earth” in four languages—join over 200,000 others worldwide. There are Peace Poles planted in nearly every country on Earth.
The schedule for three plantings and dedications on April 21 is 10:30 a.m. at the Battle Ground Library, 1 p.m. at the Wildlife Botanical Gardens west of the CASEE building (Center for Agriculture, Science and Environmental Education) on 149th St. in Brush Prairie, and at 4 p.m. outside Rocksolid Community Teen Center, also in Brush Prairie.
“With so much conflict around us, we hope these Peace Poles will cause people to take pause and to contemplate what they can do to help make this a more peaceful world, as peace begins with each of us,” says Kathleen Hensch-Fleming, president of Lewis River Rotary. She’ll be joined at the Peace Pole dedications by other Rotarians, students and teens, dignataries and participants. All the events are free and open to the public.
The Lewis River Rotary Club meets Tuesdays at 7 a.m. at the Battle Ground Community Center. To learn more, visit lewisriverrotary.org.