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STLCC-Florissant Valley to Dedicate Peace Pole

August 17, 2009

St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley has joined more than 200,000 locations worldwide by planting a Peace Pole on campus as an international symbol of peace. A dedication ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, August 21, on the campus in north St. Louis County. President Marcia Pfeiffer will lead the dedication, which is expected to attract numerous college officials, community leaders, students and faculty.

The Peace Pole Project was initiated in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, Japanese founder of the World Peace Prayer Society, in response to the bombings on Hiroshima. The purpose of the Peace Pole is to spread the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” 

Each handcrafted monument displays the message on each of its four to six sides, usually in different languages. Peace Poles can be found in more than 200 countries and have been dedicated by numerous luminaries including President Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama and Pope John Paul II among others.

“I believe the Peace Pole reflects the values and vision of St. Louis Community College,” Pfeiffer said. “We are proud to join this worldwide effort to promote the message of peace.”

The pole on the Florissant Valley campus displays the peace message in English, French and Spanish, and in sign language. It is located between the Student Center and the Humanities building on the west sidewalk and is visible to thousands of campus visitors daily.

The public is invited to attend the dedication event. For more information, call 314-513-4263. A map to the Florissant valley campus is also available on our website..