We love our peace pole. It is the perfect addition to the entrance of the garden beds. The first time we saw a peace pole, it was at Eagle Heights Community Gardens in Madison, WI. We were living in student housing at the time, and had a plot in the community garden. The peace pole there was the first we'd ever seen, but it was amazing. Something about seeing one just makes you smile...and feel proud.
From www.peacepoles.org regarding the origin; The Peace Pole Project is the official Project of The World Peace Prayer
Society. It started in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, who decided to dedicate
his life to spreading the message, "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in response to
the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Peace Poles are handcrafted monuments
erected the world over as international symbols of Peace. Their purpose is to
spread the message "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in the languages of the world.
Every peace pole has 4 languages. Ours are English, Japanese (in honor of the origin of the peace pole, and our first experience with one. The peace pole in Eagle Heights Community Gardens had Japanese as one of its languages, and Eagle Heights Student Housing had a large number of Japanese families), German (due to Dylan's family heritage and the German heritage we experienced while living in Madison, WI for 5 years) and Creole.
We hope you love our peace pole as much as we do. Read more about the World Peace Project and see some pretty amazing pictures of Peace Poles around the world at www.worldpeace.org.
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )