20. Stone Quakers’ Peace Pole

In May, 2016, representatives from local schools, churches and societies joined with Stone Quakers, Staffordshire, to unveil a Peace Pole.

Japanese peace pole

A Peace Pole is a monument that displays the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the language of the country where it has been placed, and usually 3 to 13 additional translations.

On the Stone Quakers’ Peace Pole this message is repeated in Polish, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew, Urdu and Braille.

Peace Poles began in Japan, 1955 and The Peace Pole Project today is promoted by The World Peace Prayer Society as well as other groups and individuals.

The first Peace Poles outside Japan were constructed in 1983. Since then, more than 100,000 have been placed around the world in over 180 countries. Peace Poles are not ‘anti-war’ but more ‘pro-peace’. They are more about trying to resolve differences through justice and mutual respect.

Peace Poles appear in the gardens of several Meeting Houses, for example this dove carving appears on a Peace Pole in Nottingham, England.

Images from stonegazette.co.uk and nottinghamquakers.org.uk

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