Day Of Peace celebrated

The 26th anniversary of the United Nations International Day of Peace, is being celebrated around the world and in Ashland.

On Friday, Sandra Slattery, executive director of the Ashland Chamber of Commerce received a peace dove image from local author and artist Irene Kai. Kai created the image that is used for the United Nation's International Day of Peace, and the Culture of Peace Initiative.

A fine art print of the peace dove hangs in the United Nations building in New York.

The International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day, was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the annual opening of the General Assembly every September, ""&

166;to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as of the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways"&

166; (The International Day of Peace) should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples."

"As everyone knows who takes a moment of silence from time to time; it is what remains that really counts as the moment progresses. And what really counts is life and love and our responsibility to each other. We are connected to all life throughout time and space, shaped by generations past, connected today around the globe, shaping our generations to come. A shared moment of silence to honor this connectedness is a simple and elegant statement of connection to life." Astronaut Rusty Schweikart wrote these words to citizens who coordinated the 1984 International Day of Peace in San Francisco.

The International Day of Peace is supported by Peace House and Silver Light Publications.

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