To celebrate International Day of Peace on Thursday, a community Labyrinth Walk for Peace is planned for 5 p.m. at the Greencastle Labyrinth in Hamilton Park, corner of Jackson and Hanna streets.
Parking is available in the lot south of the park. An opening ceremony will welcome all who attend and will include a peace proclamation, candle lighting, labyrinth walking and bell ringing. An emphasis will be placed on how everyone can become more effective peacemakers, joining in a moment of silence each day at noon.
International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by a United Nations resolution, and was first celebrated in 1982. The observance is to be a day of strengthening the ideals of peace and alleviating tensions and causes of conflict. The purchase of the Greencastle Labyrinth Walk for Peace is to raise public awareness, to enhance our community and lives, and to cooperate with more than 1,700 organizations in more than 175 nations planning Peace Day activities. The Labyrinth Walk for Peace is a part of that global effort.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said, "We need to promote greater tolerance and understanding among the people of the world. Nothing can be more dangerous to our efforts to build peace and development than a world divided along religious, ethnic or cultural lines. In each nation, and among all nations, we must work to promote unity based on our shared humanity."
This event is sponsored by members of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.