Interfaith Peace Sculpture


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Photo courtesy of Dave Cromley

This sculpture is being displayed on an ongoing rotating basis at various organizations which comprise the Cheyenne Interfaith Council.  As that information becomes available it will be posted on this webpage.  Presently, this effort is being coordinated by Rev. Rick Veit, John Peacock, and Forrest King to arrange for it being displayed at your faith community.  If your community is not yet part of the Cheyenne Interfaith Council  then please consider joining us.  Requests from non-member organizations and individuals will be considered on a case by case basis.  

Presently, this effort is being coordinated by 
Rev. Rick VeitJohn Peacock, and Forrest King to arrange for it being displayed at your faith community.  

Persons representing organizations desiring to join the 
Cheyenne Interfaith Council should contact either President - Rev. Rodger McDaniel or Vice President -  Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman. 
Thank you.



September 21, 2011 - November 5, 2011 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne in conjunction with the Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center 

November 5, 2011 - November 15, 2011 at the Cheyenne Veteran's Medical Center

November 15, 2011 - ??? at St. Marks Episcopal Church




On Wednesday September 21, 2011, at the Cheyenne Interfaith Council's International Day of Peace Observance local artist Forrest King presented the sculpture he made from the items donated by various faith communities and other at the Cheyenne Interfaith Council's
9-11 Remembrance Observance in 2011.

Here's a link to WTE article: 

Religions Come Together for Day of Peace - KGWN –Cheyenne, WY– Scottsbluff, NE News,Weather, Sports.mp4


Mr. King not only donated his time, efforts, and materials to transform the objects given by the various faith communities and others who participated at the 9-11 Observance, but has also shared some of his thoughts about this work of art he created:
 
Photograph from Forrest King displaying the various objects given to him to make the sculpture



"Remember, Heal, and Hope

There is a lot of symbolism in this “found art” sculpture, which was created in 10 days with no prior knowledge of the items to be used.  I tried to remember what each person told me about the objects they presented in bringing these pieces of the whole together.  It was more than a little overwhelming. Without the support and assistance of my beloved fiancee' Leah Zegan, I would not have been able to finish the sculpture. She watched the kids and reminded me to eat through those grueling 10 days. Leah also helped with breaking the mirror into pieces, gave a lot of input as to how things should be arranged, and she helped me make many decisions I was indecisive about throughout the creation of the art. I want her to know that I couldn't have done it without her. This sculpture means all the more to me because of what we shared in creating it.
 


Forrest and Leah - photos by Jason Bloomberg MD, images used with permission of the couple




  



In the description below, I've tried to honor each part which now is connected to make a single piece of art.  I look at this now as a single piece of art created from the diversity which together we have tried to honor and how to me these individual items fit together to make something meaningful just as all of the faith  communities can fit together to make the real masterpiece of diversity without divisiveness, this nation which we cherish and hopefully a more peaceful and just world. 

The overall appearance is intended to be that as if most of the items were cast together in bronze as a solid, an enduring monument to these intentions described below.  Some of the objects would become totally unidentifiable if that actually was done.  That is why with some of the objects remain uncoated with the bronze looking over-coat.  A "melting pot" creates an alloy where everything looses its distinctiveness in the making of an alloy.  Sometimes an alloy is stronger, but it can also be weaker.  The beauty of our nation is that it is "a mosaic" and not just a "melting pot."  A mosaic requires of us preservation of the distinctiveness of each piece in comprising the whole or else much beauty and meaning is lost.  We respect and honor diversity and distinctiveness.  Love of country does not demand "lock-stepped uniformity" or "lowest common denominator conformity."  There are times such as this when we all come together like bronze, and even then, do so in a way which honors the variety of cultures, faiths, traditions, and communities we as individuals reflect in this sculpture and our national mosaic of democracy. May we be a strong alloy in being resolute in standing together for the values we share and yet remain a beautiful mosaic of respect for the diversity which distinguishes each community that comprises our efforts.

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In the front, a Presbyterian Hymnal is open to two songs, “My Country tis of thee” and “America the Beautiful”. This symbolizes the fact that despite our religious differences, we are still Americans and we love our country.


Behind the hymnal stands a Chalice, the symbol of the Unitarian Universalist tradition. This represents unity of all faiths and worldviews. Inside the Chalice walls are small pieces of mirror surrounding a Peace Candle. The longer you burn the candle of peace, the brighter it becomes.

 
 

To the left, there is a panel that reads “Remember”. The twin towers burn, and beneath it we see the mothers of fallen firefighters mourning their loss. In front of this panel are Muslim Prayer beads, broken apart from one another and representing the brokenness of the religion in the midst of 9/11. This is meant to remember not only the twin towers tragedy, but all war and pain caused in the name of religion.
                                                                                                                           

 

















In front of the panel, a blue light, colored by shards from a broken church window a faint glow. Illuminated by that "light" which emanates from within the "EMT's Jump Box" is a bone, meaning ...

"we need to be strong as we heal from our past and look to the future…"
On the right another panel reads “Heal”. Above a woman prays, and below thousands gather with candles to mourn.











 




Standing tall on the center-left of the "Cross" is a panel that says “Hope”. Beneath is a Muslim woman with the American flag painted on her face, representing that American Muslims are as patriotic as other Americans and love this country. Another Muslim woman has a peace sign on her cheek. Surrounding the women are leaders from many faiths, from Catholicism to Buddhism. Above, children’s hands of every race hold up the Earth. Hope lies with our world religions living in unity, and a peaceful future lies with our children.


The centerpiece of the memorial is a bronze-like arrangement of a Christian Cross, Jewish "Tallit (Prayer Shawl)" and an unbroken set of Muslim Prayer beads. To me, as combined in this sculpture, these three symbols represent the unity of the 3 major Abrahamic Religions that must unite for peace.  Atop the arrangement hangs a firefighter’s helmet, reminding us that brave men and women from every major faith tradition died that terrible day, trying to save lives.  

From below the centerpiece "light" emanates from clear, colorless, shards of shattered glass in the top of the "EMT's Jump Box"  illuminating the upper portions of the sculpture reflecting the grace which blesses us when people of diverse backgrounds come together willing to put their lives on the line to protect ours.

At the base is an "EMT's Jump Box", whose shelves were used to make the panels. This honors the first responder EMT’s we lost that day, one in particular that was Muslim, Mohammad Salman Hamdani. One like this was found near his remains at "Ground Zero."  It was how he was initially identified until that could be confirmed by other forensic methods.   Bordered by the frame from the "Broken Mirror", the front of the "Jump Box" is adorned with a panel which has the word "Coexist" written in a font that is comprised of various faith symbols.  I didn't design that design, but it really seemed to fit here. 


While the original "Star of life"  
  
which identifies Emergency Medical Services would have made this box more identifiable as an "EMT's Jump Box," I chose to use the 
 
symbol instead because while the original use of the "EMT's Jump Box" was to carry medications and supplies to help sick and injured people, now as part of this sculpture it symbolically carries and supports our aspirations for healing from the schisms exacerbated by the events of September 11, 2001 and now contains the "light" of our shared hopes for a more peaceful future.  

In front of  is some of the cloth from a fire fighter's shirt, a piece of fire resistant fabric which was made to wrap in protection the fire fighter who wears it, not unlike a "prayer shawl" wraps a person so he or she may be immersed in his or her devotions, undistracted by the outside world during personal meditations.


Remember history, Heal from our past, and Hope for a peaceful future."
Forrest King

It would be an impossible task to expect the artist to remember every word which ever person spoke as each object was presented to him.  His description of "the whole" and reflections on how he interpreted the way each of the parts came together is a beautiful tribute to the shared intents of the sculpture, the events, this organization, and all who participated.   The sculpture he made was received with as much appreciation as can be expressed.   The following are some of the words, from some of the people who donated some of the objects. which explain some of the objects, as we have  been able to collect them.

 
A 'broken bone" donated by the Chaplains of the Cheyenne Veterans' Administration Medical Center is described by Chief Chaplain Carol E. Carr:

"Regarding the VA’s contribution to the Sculpture, we donated abroken bone,’ in remembrance of the sacrifices of over 5 million American men and women who have served in our Armed Forces since 9-11,  that our nation and other peoples of the world might enjoy political peace and religious freedom.  We pray for healing of mind, body and soul;  that our warriors and their families may also experience true spiritual peace and freedom."  - Carol E. Carr, Chief Chaplain - Cheyenne VAMC 



"The Cross was donated by the people of Highlands Presbyterian Church. The Cross is one of the most meaningful of all Christian symbols. It reminds us of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Cross takes on additional meaning in the context of the imperative to move beyond the brokenness caused by the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, to achieving God's hope for the world. While the two pieces of wood forming the Cross point in decidedly different directions, there is, nonetheless, a place, where they intersect. It is at that place, rather than the polar extremes of the two pieces of wood, where we find te God we all share. It is at that place that God's hope for the world and the hopes we all share for ourselves, our families and others come together. For that reason the people of Highlands offer this symbol of our hope that the world can move from brokenness to healing and on to hope."  Rev. Rodger Mc Daniel -  Highlands Presbyterian Church

The Islamic Center of Cheyenne presented "a string of broken prayer beads" in an ornate pouch:

 


"The Islamic Center of Cheyenne donated a string of broken prayer beads. These beads represent a break within our religion in which some groups have become radicalized and broken from the peaceful tradition of Islam. We hope and pray for a time when all Muslims can unite again and exemplify the true spirit of Islam which is peace."
        
Arshi Nisley, Representative of Islamic Center of Cheyenne to the Cheyenne Interfaith Council 

Two "candles" and a "chalice"  which when combined form the "Flaming Chalicewere presented by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne.




"The Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne donated a chalice and a candle which is our symbol of the "Flaming Chalice" our primary symbol of truth, faith, hope, and love. 
Forrest used the chalice but I don't think he used our candle.  The red candle that he did use was donated by our Interfaith Community Choir Director". - Rev. Dana Lightsey 

Webmaster's
 note: clarification is needed regarding the red "Peace Candle," the choir director for the event may have been donating it in behalf of a different faith community.  I note that the blog article from 
 lists it as coming from "Community of Christ."  Help with getting accurate information is appreciated.  Thanks.  
 
 
The Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center  presented an intact set of prayer beads.

"Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center contributed a prayer beads that is whole and unbroken.  With the prayer beads Muslims remember and recite some of Allah’s (God) attributes such as The Compassionate, The Merciful, The Forgiver and others.  It is given to help us all realize and implement some of God’s attributes of compassion, mercy and forgiveness in our own lives and for all humanity." - Mohamed Salih 

A "tallit" (Prayer Shawl) was presented by Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman of Mt. Sinai Synagogue.   We don't have the Rabbi's explanation, but below is a poetic rendering written by a member of Mt. Sinai Synagogue about some of the meanings of this object and why it was given to become part of the sculpture. 
 

"Why a tallit?

A tallit is a garment combining fringes and knots to represent the 613 Mitzvot (teachings) our creator has taught us in the Torah.

During the days of our lives and on the evening of Yom Kippur when stand before our maker, we wear a tallit.

When we are married we stand beneath the tallit as a symbol of our home we will build together.

When baby boys enter B'rit Milah, "the Covenant of of the Cut" on their eighth day of life, they are swaddled in a tallit.

When our life ends, we are buried in our tallit.

When we do this, we remove one corner of fringe and knots, nullifying it as a ritual object and rendering it an object of comfort to honor our deceased's life of faith.

We offer this tallit, a corner of fringe and knots we now remove, nullifying it as a ritual object and making an object of comfort to honor all of those who we remember who lost their lives a decade ago today and say, `May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion.' "
      b
Jason M. Bloomberg MD - mohel, member of Mt. Sinai Synagogue Ritual & Liturgy Committee, and Men's Chevra Kaddisha


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Broken objects awaiting narrative statement

 

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Intact objects awaiting narrative statement









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The following secular objects were donated retired Fire Chief, Firefighter, Paramedic - Jason Bloomberg MD in memory and honor of all of the emergency services workers who with their actions demonstrate their "love of thy neighbor" every day they are working to serve the public's safety, especially those who died or were injured in the line of duty on September 11, 2001: a Nomex Fire Shirt, a leather Fire Helmut, and a broken EMT's Jump Box. 

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 note: If anyone has any better images of these objects, or videos of the events, or text for the narratives, please send them to me via the 
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 link.  Thank you.

This next section is a listing of the events which lead up to and include the presentation of the sculpture:



September 11, 2011 - 10th Anniversary in Remembrance of 9/11 Observance  The theme of the Cheyenne Interfaith Council Observance is “Remembrance, Healing, and Hope."  On the 11th, there will be a presentation by Hands in Harmony starting at 2:45 PM at the Capitol.  The Interfaith Service will begin at 3:00 PM with a program that includes music, readings from the Quran, Hebrew Bible, Gospel, Greek Orthodox, and other traditions ... Each faith community is asked to bring a meaningful “broken” item to the September 11th commemoration.  All broken items will be brought forward and used by a local artist, Forest King, to create a work of art symbolizing the transition from brokenness to hope.

Please arrive by 2:30 PM to assure your ability to be present.  Participants in the Interfaith Service should be there by no later than 2:15 PM to prepare for their parts.  Thank you. 


  

Photos courtesy of Dave Cromley

 

Please also see WTE article: A time to heal

This segment runs 52 seconds.

Interfaith Remembrance Ceremony Honors 9 11 - KGWN –Cheyenne, WY– Scottsbluff, NE News,Weather, Sports.mp4



Local artist and community activist Forrest King has his work cut out for him.

During the next ten days, Forrest will craft a work of art from a firefiighter's gear, an empty wine bottle, a string of Islamic prayer beads, shards of a shattered stained glass window and a broken bone.

The items were donated to the cause at today's 9/11 commemoration at the Wyoming State Capitol. It was the first in a series of 11 days of peace that will culminate in the International Day of Peace ceremony Sept. 21 at the Capitol Rotunda.

The ceremony started with a performance by Hands in Harmony and a community chorale made up of the LCCC chorus and members of local church choirs. Speakers came from local Christian churches, Mt. Sinai Synagogue, the Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center and the UU Church. The most touching aspect of the day featured mosque members translating the original Hebrew text and Synagogue members translating work recited in the original language by mosque members. It was all scripted but really illustrated the "healing" theme of the event.

People representing at least a dozen local congregations donated items for Forrest's commemorative work of art.

From the V.A. Medical Center -- a broken bone representing wounded warriors of our many wars.

From Mt. Sinai Synagogue -- (Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman presented a "Tallit" which is a Jewish Prayer Shawl).

Jason Bloomberg, who spent 20 years as an emergency responder (Firefighter - Paramedic before entering medical school), brought an EMT's jump kit (in remembrance of the one) found at Ground Zero (that belonged to Mohamed Salman Hamdani who died there while rescuing others) as well as a fire fighter's shirt and a firefighter's helmet in remembrance of other emergency personnel who died or were injured while rescuing others there.

Community of Christ -- a peace candle

St. Paul's Lutheran -- pieces of a stained glass window.

SE Wyoming Islamic Center -- a broken string of prayer beads

We were piped out of the ceremony by a lone piper performing "Amazing Grace."

We eagerly await Forrest's finished artwork. Its theme is the journey from brokenness to hope.

Photo and text by: Michael Shay adapted from his Blog Hummingbirdminds posted 9-11-2011.

In the spirit of healing and the resilience, the HBO Documentary Films: Beyond 9/11 - Portraits of Resilience has been added to this page:

This film runs about 50 minutes. 



Disclaimer: The HBO Documentary Films: Beyond 9/11 - Portraits of Resilience was produced by HBO and TIME, and does not reflect any official position or endorsement by the Cheyenne Interfaith Council.  It was placed here solely at the discretion of the webmaster because of its focus on reflections by survivors of the events of 9-11-2001.  Because finding or making peace can be enhanced by increasing understanding between peoples in conflict, the next two embedded videos are offered with the hope of improving understanding, but also with the same caveat as the HBO Documentary above.  

The following originally comes from TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design).  That organization sponsored a remarkable discussion between the mother of one of the victims of 9-11 and a mother of one of the conspirators of 9-11.   The encounter is both disturbing and inspiring on many levels.   I can't imagine what it is like actually walking in either of these women's shoes,  but I can see what I might learn from what they are sharing with the hope that knowledge will lead to greater peace in the this world. - Webmaster.

9/11 healing: The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship 

This segment runs about 10 minutes.



The following is a video from the Google S/A/V/E (Summit Against Violent Extremism).
This segment runs about 27 minutes.  


Along these same lines, we as a nation need to examine how the events of 9-11-2001 and their impact on our stated values as expressed in our most cherished national documents.  This in essence is the theme of Divided We Fall
This movie trailer runs about 7 minutes.



11 Days—11 Ways - To Practice Peace
We are pleased to announce a special project of the Culture of Peace Initiative: the 11 Days of Global Unity, which begins on Sept. 11th and ends on Sept. 21st, the International Day of Peace. This year's vastly expanded program has the theme “11 DAYS – 11 WAYS”. Each day will focus on a major area of concern for humanity and will feature observances, educational programs and practical acts that support these concerns. The UN MDG's (Millennium Development Goals) will be incorporated into these daily events:

Day 1 Unity: Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11; strengthen interfaith dialogue and understanding; empower grassroots organizations; develop global partnerships (MDG #8)

Day 2 Interdependence: Celebrate Interdependence Day; expand awareness of our global commons (water, air, natural resources, etc.); recognize global consciousness; honor indigenous wisdom

Day 3 Environment: Invest in renewable, nonpolluting energy systems and fuels; protect eco-systems and biodiversity (MDG #7); protect and provide clean water for all

Tuesday, September 13, 2011  Just the Facts PleaseNational and regional experts on the Affordable Care Act  present the law in bite-­size pieces and answer your questions.  Featuring a keynote address by T.R. Reid, best-­selling author of The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care. Registration is $25 and includes lunch. For more information, to register or to become a sponsor or exhibitor, visit www.OneHealthVoice.com or contact LRosedahl@pubaffairsco.com or see the linked Flier   While this is not a Cheyenne Interfaith Council event, it fits as a "Day 5" Days of Peace topic taking place in our state of interest to anyone with questions or concerns about health care delivery in the United States under existing law.

Day 4 Economic Justice: End poverty and hunger (MDG #1); fulfill basic human needs; expand socially conscious business and investment, provide opportunities for people to support themselves

Wednesday, September 14 7 PM at Mt. Sinai Synagogue - Presentation by  Mohamed Salih of the Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center and Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman: speaking together about "How Islamic and Jewish Prayers Lead to Peace."  This is a Mt. Sinai Days of Peace Event.  The public is welcome and invited to this event.  Afterwards a reception will be held featuring some treats prepared by the Islamic and Jewish Communities.

Day 5 Health: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases (MDG #6); provide for universal healthcare; support holistic, proactive and preventive health practices

Day 6 Children & Youth: Reduce child mortality (MDG #4); provide for universal literacy and 8th grade ducation (MDG #2); end child slavery; promote the rights of the child

Friday, September 16, 2011 - Day one of two of the Cheyenne Greek Festival (always a treat) 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Frontier Park Exhibition Hall

Friday, September 16, 20117 - PM at Mt. Sinai Synagogue  - Shabbat Evening Services led by Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman with Guest speaker will be Rev. Dana LightseyUnitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne - This is a Mt. Sinai Days of Peace Event.  The public is welcome and invited to this event.  Afterwards a traditional Oneg Shabbat (reception) will be held featuring some treats prepared by the Mt. Sinai Sisterhood.

Day 7 Women: Endorse gender equality (MDG #3); end violence against women; establish economic empowerment of women; support maternal health (MDG #5)

Saturday, September 17, 2011 Introduction to the Q'uran - a second look the second of four Saturday seminars which started September 10, 2011 at Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne organized by members of Cheyenne's local Islamic Community.  The topic of this session will be:   Life and Beyond in the Quran 

It is not necessary to have attended the prior sessions to attend this or any of the upcoming sessions.

Day 8 Human Rights: End persecution in all forms; promote judicial transparency; end torture in all forms


Saturday, September 17, 2011  Day two of two of the Cheyenne Greek Festival (always a treat) 11:00 AM pm to 8:00 pm at the Frontier Park Exhibition Hall


Sunday September 18th, Highlands United Presbyterian Church is participating in "11 Days of Peace" with a special program entitled "What Christians Need to Know About Muslims in a Post 9/11 World." Mohamed Salih of the Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center  will join Rev. Rodger McDaniel for a dialogue about Christian-Muslim relations. The public is invited and encouraged to bring questions. The service begins at 10 AM.

Day 9 Freedom: Hear the voice of the people; promote responsible governance; publicly finance local and national elections

Day 10 Disarmament: Abolish nuclear weapons and all WMDs; promote diplomacy and nonviolent conflict resolution; reduce military spending

Day 11 The International Day of Peace: Promote global military ceasefire; call for a day of nonviolence in media; work to establish departments and ministries of peace in nations around the world; highlight our personal and collective progress towards a culture of peace; make a personal commitment to doing something in our local areas; observe a Minute of Silence at 12 noon, as requested by the UN Secretary General.



Please note:  Various faith communities are doing a variety of programs during the 11 Days of Global Unity, which may include events and observances not listed here because that information has not yet been provided to this site's webmaster.   If you know your faith community is participating in the 11 Days of Global Unity, please have someone from your organization contact this site's webmaster so that it can be listed here.  Thank you.

 
 
 
September 21, 2011  - 5th Annual Cheyenne Interfaith Council 
sponsored 
 
     
Observance in Cheyenne  ( Information Updated as of 9-19-2011 Because the body of former US Senator Malcolm Wallop will be lying in state in the rotunda of the Capitol Building Wednesday morning, the CIC Day of Peace celebration will be moved to the Herschler Building atrium. The time is unchanged and the ceremony will begin at noon. Please plan to attend and circulate this change.) - 
Interfaith Service originally planned to be held the rotunda of the Capitol will instead be held in the atrium (area which is down the first set of stairs in the entry to the building). of the Herschler Building starting at noon on 9-21-2011.    Please check back for further updates, if any, as they develop.  

The International Day of Peace is the last part of an event that began with a 9/11 Observance on Sunday, September 11.  

Governor Mead
 has just signed a Proclamation that will be read designating September 21 as the International Day of Peace in Wyoming.
  

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Local artist 
Forrest King will also be presenting a sculpture that he has made using the presented symbols from different faith communities that were brought to the 9/11 Observance.  

There will be a short presentation regarding peace from the Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and Unitarian Universalist Communities in Cheyenne.

Join us along with over 3,500 other communities throughout the world
 for this service focused on WORLD PEACE.

United Nations Resolutions
The International Day of Peace, established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly, was first inaugurated on the third Tuesday of September, 1982. Beginning on the 20th anniversary in 2002, the UN General Assembly set 21 September as the now permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

In establishing the International Day of Peace, the United Nations General Assembly decided that it would be appropriate "to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as of the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways… (The International Day of Peace) should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples."

The Assembly's resolution declared that the International Day of Peace "will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our Organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the Organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace.  May this Peace Day indeed be a day of peace."

(Quotes excerpted from the United Nations General Assembly Resolution UN/A/RES/36/67
The amended Resolution adopted in 2001 permanently fixed the date of the International Day of Peace to September 21.

The Assembly, reaffirming the contribution that the observance and celebration of the International Day of Peace make in strengthening the ideals of peace and alleviating tensions and causes of conflict, (decided that) beginning with the fifty-seventh session, the Day should be observed on 21 September each year, with this date to be brought to the attention of all people for the celebration and observance of peace.

The new Resolution added the call for the International Day of Peace to be a Global Ceasefire:
"Declares that the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day...

(Quotes from the amending UN resolution 
UN/A/RES/55/282 which fixes the date of the International Day of Peace on 21 September and calls for a Global Ceasefire on that Day


Photo courtesy of Dave Cromley
At the Cheyenne Interfaith Council's International Day of Peace Observance local artist
 
Forrest King presented the sculpture he made from the items donated by various faith communities and other at the Cheyenne Interfaith Council's 9-11 Remembrance Observance. For additional information about this p
lease see the WTE Article: 

Religions Come Together for Day of Peace - KGWN –Cheyenne, WY– Scottsbluff, NE News,Weather, Sports.mp4



Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead penned a proclamation marking Sept. 21 at the International Day of Peace. At today's lunchtime ceremony at the Herschler Building honoring this day of peace, the Rev. Rodger McDaniel read the proclamation because the Gov was busy with the events for the late U.S. Sen Malcolm Wallop.

Gov. Mead's proclamation mentioned the United Nations many times. The International Day of Peace originated in the U.N. in 1981 and was first celebrated on Sept. 21 in 2002. ...

Cheyenne's International Day of Peace featured fine words by Christian, Jewish, Muslim and UU leaders. Music too. And a work of art by local artist Forrest King.

At the Sept. 11 commemoration at the State Capitol, Forrest collected mementos from different faith communities. These items represented the brokenness of 9/11. Forrest was charged with bringing a sense of hope to these materials via his art.

And he did. ...

I leave you with the words that Rev. McDaniel left us with: "All in Peace. Go in Peace. Create in Peace. Live in Peace."

Photo and text by: Michael Shay adapted from his Blog Hummingbirdminds posted 9-21-2011.




If you would like to see more peace sculptures from around the world, "click" on the link below:  

Peace Sculptures Around the World

Please also take a moment to look at Interfaith Efforts to Foster Peace in the Middle East

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