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Planting peace

A Peace Pole Project has been planted in Queen’s Park.

Chief Fire Officer Wilfred Marshall, with members of the Fire Prevention and Community Relations Unit, Acting Sub- Officer Henderson Patrick (extreme right) Fire Officer 57 Tony Scantlebury, Acting Leading Fire Officer Kenneth Hunte in the background and Fire officer 287 Natasha Forde posing with the Peace Pole.

Officers of the Barbados Fire Service joined with the Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club in association with the Rotary Club of Barbados West and the National Conservation Commission to have the pole planted in a public place for the first time.

The goal of the project, which was started in Japan in 1955 by the World Peace Prayer Society, a non-denominational organisation, is to uplift humankind toward harmony rather than conflict.

Fire Officer Henderson Patrick said that the message of the Peace Pole was basically to show that “peace begins in the heart and mind of each individual. As war begins with thoughts of war, Peace begins with thoughts of Peace. The Peace Pole reminds us to keep Peace ever-present in our thoughts. As we learn to honor one another, our environment, plants, animals and all creation on Earth, the vision of global Peace will gradually become a natural way of life, a true culture of Peace.

He noted that a Peace Pole was a hand-crafted monument that displays the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each of its four or six sides, in five languages.

There are more than 200,000 Peace Poles in more than 180 countries around the world, including such locations as the Pyramids of El Giza, Egypt; the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima; Gorky Park in Moscow; Sarajevo; the Vatican and in Barbados.

The inscription on the peace pole reads: “May peace prevail on earth”. The five languages chosen for this pole are: English, Spanish, French, Japanese and Sign language and will be dedicated to the memory of Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Lloyd Clarke, Commandant of the Barbados Cadet Corps and member of the Barbados Regiment also former deputy principal of the Harrison School and his widow Christine Clarke, Educator and member of the Barbados Bahái Community.

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