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11/21/2013 11:24:00 PM
'May peace prevail on earth
This youngster, Celia Polley, 8, placed a rock at the base of the Peace Poles last Saturday in a show of unity among the crowd. Each who placed a rock were asked to let the group know where they were from. Many from all over the region, from different creeds, religions, service groups and ages gathered together and placed a rock at the base of the poles in the name of peace.
This youngster, Celia Polley, 8, placed a rock at the base of the Peace Poles last Saturday in a show of unity among the crowd. Each who placed a rock were asked to let the group know where they were from. Many from all over the region, from different creeds, religions, service groups and ages gathered together and placed a rock at the base of the poles in the name of peace.
Amber Schlenker
Assistant Editor

"Peace Poles" have been known throughout the world for many reasons and have been erected under many circumstances, but one truth remains: The monuments promote peace with and for all. In Chelan last Saturday the Lake Chelan Arts Council, Lake Chelan Rotary and the City of Chelan, along with other partners, collaborated to display Chelan's very own peace poles.
A dedication ceremony was held at the Pocket Park on the corner of Johnson and Columbia, near the Safeway store. The three poles, varying in height, have been engraved with a phrase, "May peace prevail on earth."
This phrase has been carved in the basalt columns in Arabic, English, Greek, Hebrew, Native American, Polish, Spanish and Tibetan. Children, service groups, churches and others gathered last Saturday as they placed rocks at the base of the columns, as a show of unity for peace in Chelan. During the ceremony, each language depicted on the columns were read by local residents, who volunteered their dialects to the cause. After each phrase was read, Concie Luna, an organizer of the event, rang a gong sounding as a reminder of the peace all who attended are seeking.
At the end of the ceremony, she said, "As you leave, and as you pass by this peace pole in days to come, please let us remember: Though, like these columns, we are separated by distances and differences, we come together in our wish, intention and prayer for peace on earth."





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