Pennswood Village rededicates international Peace Pole

Pennswood Village, the Quaker-founded retirement and health care community, recently rededicated its international Peace Pole “to peace in the world for all children everywhere” at its facility in Newtown.

The Bucks County Peace Center, in Langhorne, gave Pennswood Village its Peace Pole in 2001. The idea of Peace Poles originated in Japan in 1955 and now there are over 200,000 peace poles around the world in close to 200 countries, proclaiming in different languages on its four sides: “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

Peace Poles are made of wood, limestone, copper, plastic, and stainless steel.

At the ceremony, lawyer and Pennswood resident Bob Anderson said, “We stand at the crossroads between war and peace, and as the Dalai Lama has stated so beautifully, ‘Peace starts with each one of us individually. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.  When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities, and so on.  When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.  And there are ways in which we can consciously work to develop feelings of love and kindness.’

Marguerite Chandler, organizer of the rededication of the Pennswood Peace Pole, added, “One of those ways is to remember and commemorate the message of the Peace Pole, to strengthen one another’s personal convictions that what happened at Hiroshima and Nagasaki must never happen again and to celebrate all efforts, large and small since then, to create a world at peace.”

In closing, everyone said in unison, “We rededicate ourselves to peace in the world for all children everywhere.”

PHOTO CAP: Participants in the rededication program included: Dan Murray, Pennswood CEO; residents Lolly Barton, Larry Parker, the Pennswood Chorale, and the Pennswood Singers; Marguerite Chandler of the Quakerism Committee, Steve Nolan, career military officer and Afghanistan veteran; Barbara Simmons, Former Peace Center Executive Director; Pennswood residents  Deidre Crumbley, Ruth Peterson, Bob Anderson, Nancy and Bill Strong; Newtown Friends Meeting children Jack and Lydia Ciccimaro; and Danny Thomas, Peace Center Executive Director.

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