The Peace Pole Project
The Peace Pole Project is an official project of the World Peace Prayer Society, headquartered at the World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, NY. The society’s sole mission is to unite people around the world through the universal peace message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”
The Peace Pole Project was founded in 1955 in Japan by Masahisa Goi. Mr. Goi was greatly affected by the destruction caused by World War II and the atomic bombs which fell on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His desire to assist in the creation of world peace was answered in 1955 when the phrase, “May Peace Prevail On Earth,” came to him in a moment of great inspiration and sincere prayer. Mr. Goi decided to dedicate his life to spreading this message of universal peace.
A great number of people joined together in support of his vision. And activities to spread the Peace Message were promoted throughout Japan. Soon, peace poles inscribed with the peace message began to appear in various locations across Japan initiating the start of the
The project was first introduced to the United States with the opening of the offices of the World Peace Prayer Society in San Francisco and New York in 1986, the International Year of Peace.
Peace poles are now the most recognized international peace monument and symbol in the world with more than 200,000 peace poles standing in over 180 countries including: the Magnetic North Pole in Canada, Confucius Burial Site in Taiwan, the Pyramids of El Giza in Egypt, Gorky Park in Russia, the Jordan River in Israel, the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, and now Guemes Island.
The Guemes Island Community Church Peace Pole
Languages on the Guemes Pole say “Let Peace Prevail on Earth” in these six languages: English, Salish, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Hebrew.
The peace pole is dedicated in memory of Norman Lee Prewitt, whose life reflected his peaceable nature. He walked gently on the earth, appreciating the out of doors and the beauty of peaceful places. His actions on behalf of a better world included working with sustainability and simple living groups in the Seattle area, New Year’s Evepeace walks at Green Lake, Singing Out for Peace on Sundays at Green Lake (at the beginning of the 2ndIraqi War), taking part in environmental protection and preservation causes such as planting native plants in Ellis Pond Park, and training as a Salish Sea steward.