21 Sep 2008

World Peace Flag ceremony today

Today is the International Day of Peace as designated by the United Nations and campaigned for by Peace One Day - and wow was it a moving ceremony in Stroud see short video clip below.

I joined many others - including our local Elfin Woodcraft group in their newly tied-dyed T-shirts - for a World Peace Flag Ceremony in front of the Sub Rooms at 3pm - every flag of every country - 197 flags - all handmade by Japanese women praying as they make them - it takes the group a year to make a set - the flags were presented individually by us all and those watching all joined in wishing peace in that country.

David Cooper (pictured with John Marjoram) who was one of the key organisers of the event made a moving speech and John Marjoram also spoke powerfully about his role in Mayors for Peace - a copy of his words are here on the Glos Green party website.

In addition to the flags from all the countries it was lovely to have a special moment to fly the West Papua flag (pictured left) - if you fly that there you are liable for 10 to 15 years in jail. There was also at the end the Earth flag (pictured below) to represent all those without countries and more - another Earth flag flew over the Sub Rooms - possibly the first time ever on a Council building in this country.

The photos here are from the day with a short video I took at the end when all the flags were waved. The intention of the UN resolution is to have the entire world observe a day of peace and nonviolence - with all peoples and organizations commemorating the day in the ways they see fit.

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