Pacific University To Mark International Day Of Peace 2017
The Pacific University community will mark the International Day of Peace, Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Peace Pole on the Forest Grove campus in front of Scott Hall. A short ceremony, open to the public, will begin at 10 a.m., and a reception will follow.
International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on Sept. 21. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution 36/37, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to "commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples."
The bell in historical Old College Hall will be rung 16 times to remember those lost on 9/11 and in the wars fought since, both military and civilian casualties. Attendees will be invited to write messages of peace to adorn the tree next to the Peace Pole. Refreshments will be available.
“Peace is elusive,” says the Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie, director of the Center for Peace and Spirituality and university chaplain at Pacific University. “It is our moral obligation to continue the struggle for a more just and peaceful world.”
Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited and welcome to attend.