Planting Peace at Steelstacks

PBS39 and United Religions Initiative to conduct World Peace Flag Ceremony and Peace Pole Dedication at new PBS39 Public Media & Education Center

Event will celebrate “11 Days of Global Unity” with music, speakers, and prayers for peace

September 11, 2011, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at thePBS39 Public Media and Education Center Plaza: 839 Sesame Street at SteelStacks

A focal point of the event will be the World Peace Flag Ceremony where flags from every nation will be displayed.

The Ceremony is an interactive global celebration of the oneness of life and the human family. With united hearts and minds, participants of the Ceremony are invited to invoke prayers for peace to prevail in the countries and regions of the world. It is a moving ceremonial ritual rising above national boundaries, religion and ideologies giving expression to the universal wish for peace and harmony which lies at the core of every human heart. 

The Ceremony will conclude with the dedication of a Peace Pole to be permanently planted in front of the PBS39 facility at SteelStacks. Peace Poles are now recognized as the most prominent international symbol and monument to peace. Peace Poles bear the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in the languages of the world.


Peace Poles can be found in town squares, city halls, schools, places of worship, parks, and gardens – any place where the spirit of Peace is embraced by people of goodwill. It is estimated that there are more than 200,000 Peace Poles that have been dedicated in nearly every country on Earth. The SteelStacks Peace Pole will have eight languages representing the ethnicity and diversity of the community: English…etc.

This Peace Pole dedication is part of a global campaign for “11 Days of Global Unity”  marking the tenth anniversary of the tragic events surrounding September 11, 2001 and encouraging increased participation in the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21. Each of the 11 days from September 11 to September 21 has a theme—such as Human Rights, Freedom, Interdependence, and Unity—which call forth the values, spirit and service needed to move the world toward a culture of peace.

Other highlights of the event include remarks from Hon. Anwarul Chowdhury, a retired UN Undersecretary and international peace ambassador, and musical performances by Jackie Tice and Robbi Kumalo.  Both Jackie and Robbi are singer/songwriters and peace advocates who tour extensively and were recently featured at Musikfest 2011.

The PBS39/URI September 11 Commemoration will be a respectful and uplifting experience for individuals, families and our community.