A Peace Pole dedication ceremony will be held on August 6 at 11 AM at 819 Hwy 17 East in Wahnapitae.
This will coincide with the 70th anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. This and a second bomb three days later falling on the city of Nagasaki brought Japan to sue for peace and an end to World War II. Afterwards, a Japanese man named Masahisa Goi founded the World Peace Prayer Society, one of whose goals is the placing of peace poles everywhere around the world. A peace pole is a 4 x 4 cedar pole. inscribed with the words MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH. This one is located in a small flower bed on the right side of the parking lot facing the Trading Post.
The wording is in English, French and Anishinaabemowin. The Canadian peace movement dates back to the Easter peace marches of the early 1960’s and the foundation of the Canadian Peace Research Institute by Dr Norman Z Alcock, a researcher at the Chalk River nuclear plant, in Ontario. Dr Alcock fought for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and developed radioactive isotopes for the treatment of cancer. Refreshments will be available. Dress in your best or come as you are In the event of heat or rain, people can take shelter in the Trading Post building. The building is wheelchair accessible.