This morning our members had the privilege to join the students and staff of Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School, along with Aboriginal elder Uncle Tamaru, and the Honorary Consul-General to Japan Mr Adam Wynn, to formally unveil their Peace Pole that had been donated by our club.
In a joint celebration of National Reconciliation Week and 100 years of Rotary in South Australia, the school held a special ceremony to mark the occasion.
Uncle Tamaru gave the Welcome to Country with a smoking ceremony, and student representatives spoke of the pole’s significance to the school and beyond.
The pole has been erected in the main courtyard, beneath the international flags representing the heritage of the students presently enrolled at the school.
The school has a focus on multicultural and international missions and holds strong connections with school communities in Eisugakkan, Japan, and in Asaroka, Papua New Guinea.
Members of the school and church community that are affiliated with mission activities in these regions also spoke.
“May Peace Prevail On Earth” is printed in the languages of these countries, as well as the Aboriginal Kaurna language.
What is a Peace Pole?
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 four or six sides. There are estimated over 250,000 Peace Poles in every country in the world dedicated as monuments to peace.