Yoko Ono announced today that the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland would be re-lit Oct.9, on John Lennon's birthday.
For most of us, Iceland is a long way to go to pray for peace.
Closer to home, at Gullett Elementary School at Lakewood Ranch to be precise, 650 children and several members of the Rotary Club of East Manatee gathered recently to rededicate the peace pole in front of the school.
Rotary members donated the six-sided pole with the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in 12 languages in 2007.
The languages were those spoken by the students when the school first opened.
Several students recited "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in their native language while other children read peace poems and essays and sang and danced under the direction of music teacher Tim Hamand.
East Manatee Rotary Club President Ross Russo explained the significance of the peace pole and reinforced the message from school Principal Kathy Hayes: “Peace begins with you.”
The Rotary Club of East Manatee meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays at Popi's Place IV, 3911 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton.
|Peace pole rededication at Gullett Elementary School. (provided photo)|