Below is an excerpt from our Peace Pole Dedication this morning:
“Good morning and welcome to our Dedication of the Peace Pole. Some of you will remember that we blessed the Peace Pole at our Family Mass last Sunday. We now will plant and dedicate it here in Alumni Plaza for all to see.
Sponsoring our Dedication are members from Marist Peace by Piece, Mosaic and Model UN, and other students from our Marist Community.
A Peace Pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth. Each Peace Pole bears the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in different languages on each of its sides. There are tens of thousands of Peace Poles in nearly every country in the world dedicated as monuments to peace. Today, we take time to plant this peace pole on the Marist School Campus, remembering the tragedies of September 11, 2001, affirming the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st, and relying on the spirit of Jesus, the Prince of Peace to give us strength to build a world of justice.
The vision for September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows was born when a small group of family members of those killed on 9/11 became connected after reading each other’s’ pleas for nonviolent and reasoned responses to the terrorist attacks. Our name comes from a statement made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”
David Potorti is co-founder of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows. His brother, Jim Potorti, died at the World Trade Center. For the 10th Anniversary, he wrote:
“the lesson of 9/11 might be that we live in a connected world. That we have a shared destiny, even with those we fear or hate. That we rise or fall together, the rich, the poor, those with everything to live for and those with nothing left to lose. As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
On this…. anniversary of September 11th, let us honor those we lost by recognizing our kinship with people all over the world whose faces mirror those of our mothers, our fathers and our children. Let us recover the sense of unity we experienced in the days after 9/11. And let us remember and return to the uniquely American values and principles that will guarantee peaceful tomorrows for everyone.”