Local Veteran challenges world leaders to One Day of Peace.
After Veterans Tom Swann and Richard Finn dedicate peace pole in Historic Congressional Cemetery, Washington D.C. Richard Finn issues a challenge to world leaders, to meet back one year later and sign a peace treaty, for one day of peace and to honor International Peace Day. Richard Finn also issued a proclamation for the cities of this country to sign and honor September 21st as International Peace Day throughout their city. The city of Desert Hot Springs is the first city to honor this proclamation and the mayor Adam Sanchez will announce that Desert Hot Springs supports this peace effort at this Tuesday’s City Council Meeting October 20th, 2015.
Here’s two video links of the peace pole event in which I issue the challenge and cover, John Lennon’s Imagine.
Proclamation for The International Day of Peace, September 21
Whereas, the issue of peace embraces the deepest hopes of all peoples and remains humanity’s guiding inspiration; and Whereas, in 1981 the United Nations proclaimed the International Day of Peace be “devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples”; and Whereas, the United Nations expanded the observance of the International Day of Peace in 2001 to include the call for a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, and invited all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day; and Whereas, there is growing support within our city for the observance of the International Day of Peace, which affirms a vision of our world at peace, and fosters cooperation between individuals, organizations and nations;
and Whereas, global crises impel all citizens to work toward converting humanity’s noblest aspirations for world peace into the practical reality of a culture of peace for future generations, Now, Therefore, I __________, Mayor of the City of _______, do hereby proclaim September 21 as The International Day of Peace Throughout the City of ___________________ and urge all government departments and agencies, organizations, schools, places of worship and individuals in our city to commemorate, in an appropriate manner, the International Day of Peace. This may include community service projects, cultural exhibits and performances, a moment of silence, ringing of bells, sharing the universal message ‘May Peace Prevail On Earth’ at noon, vigils, religious services in our places of worship, and other education and public awareness activities in order to help establish a global day of peace in our homes, our communities and between nations.
“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war”
~Martin Luther King Jr.