Participants are encouraged to gather at the Northern Alberta Railways Park at 11:15 a.m., where acting mayor Bud Powell will read a proclamation on behalf of the City of Dawson Creek. The march will then proceed to Peace Park, where students and teachers from Notre Dame School will perform the “Song of Peace.” A “Peace Prayer” will then be read, followed by the raising of the United Nations flag.
Rotarian Fred Feddema said the local clubs have recognized the International Day of Peace with an event for the last 10 years or so.
“One of Rotary’s ideals is to foster fellowship and good will throughout the world, and so peace is one of the avenues we try to promote,” he said. “We try to encourage peace amongst ourselves and our neighbours, and certainly other countries.”
Peace Park was built by the Dawson Creek Beautification Committee as a tribute to international peace.
The International Day of Peace, or "Peace Day,” was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly, and the first Peace Day was celebrated in September, 1982. In 2002, the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.
Peace Day is celebrated by millions worldwide with events ranging in scale from private gatherings to public concerts and forums. The public is encouraged to participate by doing something as simple as lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation, or by getting involved in larger events.
The day is meant to be an opportunity to make peace in our own personal relationships, as well as to reflect on and take action to end the larger conflicts of our time.