Library peace pole spreads message of peace on earth

About 50 people — including Wilton public school principals, Board of Education members, state Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) and state Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) — gathered at Wilton Library for the Wilton Rotary Club’s peace pole dedication ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

Before the unveiling, Rotary Club member Carol Johnson gave a brief introduction about Rotary International and the Peace Pole Project and students from the Connecticut Friends School sang “This Little Light of Mine” in the library’s Brubeck Room.

Guests then made their way outside to see the library’s peace pole, which Michael Kaelin unveiled with the help of Connecticut Friends Schools students.

“This is wonderful,” said Boucher after seeing the pole.

In the ensuing weeks, other peace poles will be installed at the Wilton Family Y, Our Lady of Fatima, all four public schools, Trackside Teen Center, Wilton Center Travel, The Law Offices of Elizabeth Edwards, and 190 Old Ridgefield Road.

Altogether, the poles will represent 25 world languages with the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

With the installation of the peace poles, Johnson said, the town of Wilton will join “tens of thousands of communities in 180 countries that share [the] vision for world peace.”

“The purpose of these peace poles also provides the opportunity for us to join the Trees of the Future Project in Africa,” said Johnson, “and as a result of our poles, 120 new trees will be planted.”

Johnson said the Rotary Club hopes the presence of the peace poles in Wilton will “serve as a reminder that we must be the change in the world that we want to see.”

The Wilton Rotary Club used money from fund-raisers to purchase the poles.

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