Many tourists and residents of Mexico enjoy traveling between beach areas of Zihuatanejo and the historic mountainous city of San Miguel de Allende in the northern state of Guanajuato. Now, these communities will have something else in common – a shared vision of peace – as San Miguel de Allende begins its effort to construct a Peace Pole Monument like the one in Zihuatanejo.
A Peace Pole — a handcrafted monument that displays the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each of its four sides in four languages – will one day grace Parque Juarez in the historic district of San Miguel de Allende. The Peace Pole Project is a program of Peace Pals International™ and its affiliate The World Peace Organization that are international not-for-profit charities that promote peace activities for communities and youth.
“Camino de la Paz Peace Committee and Club Rotary have long planned to build a Peace Pole in Parque Juarez, perhaps by International Peace Day, September 21, 2017,” said Tom Schneider, who is a co-founder of Camino de la Paz and vice president for public relations and peace for the Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende – Midday. Tens of thousands of peace poles have been dedicated in 200,000 cities in 180 countries all over the world.
Artist Juan Zaragosa created a visionary portrait “A Peace Pole in Parque Juarez”. Built from a lighted octagon base, the concrete monument will be faced with engraved pink Cantera stone. “The structure will be built to celebrate a living peace through education and community building,” said Schneider.
“A Peace Pole in Parque Juarez”, by Artist Juan Zaragosa. The monument will be faced with engraved pick Cantera stone and have the inscription, “May Peace Prevail on Earth”.
The Peace Pole Monument in Zihuatanejo was built in 2010 and is located next to the museum in Zihuatanejo. It is made out of Cantera stone from Morelia.
“Peace is an idea, a group of behaviors, an attitude. To have San Miguel de Allende have a visible monument to peace will help people believe peace is possible,” said Schneider. For Camino de la Paz, co-sponsor of this monument, the purpose is to provide a physical focus point for everyone to celebrate our efforts and desire for peace.”
“The Peace Pole Monument It is not recognition of an accomplishment,” said Jean Paul Peretz, a member of the Camino de la Paz Committee. “It is a starting point for all those working for peace in San Miguel, a rallying point for the grassroots effort of individuals, groups and communities,” concluded Peretz.
Club Rotary in San Miguel is now hosting various events and activities to raise funds to construct the monument. The Rotary Club is hosting events to present the video “Rotary is Peace” with community leaders present to share their perspectives. Various other grassroots, citizen-led projects are also underway to raise funds for construction of the monument.
Victoria Clare Schneider makes mini peace poles to sell and raise money for the construction of the Peace Pole Monument in San Miguel de Allende. “Peace … it’s not just a word, but a global movement through grass roots folks,” she says.
For more information about Club Rotary or the Peace Program in San Miguel de Allende, contact Tom Schneider: TomS12@gmail.com.
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