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Community View | International Day of Peace is Sept. 21

Another year has passed and the United Nation’s International Day of Peace is scheduled for Sept. 21, the official annual opening of the United Nations. This occasion is complete with the ringing of the United Nations bell at noon. This bell is made of coins collected from around the world by Japanese children and inscribed with: “Long live absolute world peace.” Despite event cancellations due to COVID-19 the need to honor peace still endures and in our world today its importance is more prominent than ever.

This annual event was established in 1981. In 2001, the date Sept. 21 was firmly established as the day to globally recognize this important event.

Although there will be no formal IDOP program in Kingman again this year due to COVID, keep in mind that every day is a day to observe and promote peace. Recall the words of the famous Buddhist monk, author and poet Thich Nhat Hanh, known for his Nobel Peace Prize nomination, spiritual leadership and unrelenting peace activism. He said: “If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone, will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.”

Organizers of the Kingman event encourage you to take a moment of your time at noon on Sept. 21 to symbolically ring a small bell if you have one, and to reflectively contemplate the harmony and beauty of peace in our universe and its significance to you and to all life.

(Christine Meisenheimer, Ph.D., is a resident of Kingman and a member of the Kingman Peace Initiative team.)

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