Bells ring for Day of Peace
Duluth Sister Cities International encourages the community to help observe International Day of Peace 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the Peace Bell in Enger Tower Park.
A short program will begin at 6 p.m. with the ringing of the Peace Bell, which will be coordinated with the ringing of the Peace Bell in Duluth's sister city of Ohara Isumi-City, Japan. Bell-ringing will be echoed by local churches and other community bells. The program will also include music by Kathy Heltzer, a dedication of new signage at the Peace Garden, an unveiling of locally-made Peace Flags, and refreshments. The public is invited to attend.
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. In 2001 the General Assembly unanimously voted to designate the day as a period of nonviolence and cease-fire.
This year's theme, "Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace," highlights how ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring broadly shared prosperity all contribute to global harmony.
According to Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nations, "When people feel secure in their abilities to provide for their families, when they are given access to the resources they need to live healthy lives and when they feel truly included in their societies, then they are much less likely to engage in conflict."