On June 15, 2023, the Essex Elementary School unveilded the Peace Pole that the Club donated to them for their new playground.  A huge Thank You to Judy Laspesa for heading up this effort.
A peace pole is a monument or structure that serves as a symbol of peace and unity. It typically consists of a tall pole or column with the phrase "May Peace Prevail on Earth" written on it in multiple languages. Peace poles are usually made of wood or metal and can be found in various locations such as public parks, gardens, schools, and religious institutions.
The concept of peace poles originated in Japan in the 1950s as part of the Peace Pole Project initiated by Masahisa Goi, a Japanese poet and philosopher. The project aimed to spread the message of peace and harmony worldwide. Since then, peace poles have become a global phenomenon, and thousands of them have been erected in different countries.
The phrase "May Peace Prevail on Earth" is written on the peace pole in different languages, representing the diversity and unity of humanity. It is often translated into languages spoken in the local community or languages of international significance.
Peace poles serve as reminders and symbols of peace, promoting dialogue, understanding, and cooperation among people of different cultures and backgrounds. They are intended to inspire individuals to work towards peaceful resolutions of conflicts and to foster a sense of global unity and interconnectedness.