Lake Oswego recently joined the ranks of locations prominent and unassuming that have planted Peace Poles bearing the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages from around the world.
Lake Oswego Rotary members fanned out to the six elementary schools in town this past weekend to erect Peace Poles at each site. Three more will be placed at Lake Oswego City Hall, Marylhurst and the Lake Oswego Public Library (which will be unveiled as part of the Lake Oswego Reads program on February 22 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II).
The Peace Pole project began in 1976 as a way to spread Masahisa Goi’s universal message and prayer for world peace throughout the world. Since then, it’s estimated there are more than 200,000 poles in over 195 countries on all the continents. People as renowned as the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and John Denver have lent a hand in planting the poles.
In Lake Oswego, the Lake Oswego Rotary’s Peace Builder committee took on the project and donated these poles as part of their mission to build goodwill and peace in the world.
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