Staff and students and Hodges University will honor World Peace Day with a special ceremony on the school’s Fort Myers campus. The ceremony will begin at 12:30 pm on Friday, September 20. The event is being sponsored by the Hodges English as a Second Language (ESL) department, the office of Student Development and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
During the ceremony, a Peace Pole constructed by the Naples Gulf Shore Rotary will be planted on campus. The 7-foot tall wooden pole is a hand-crafted monument that displays the message “Let there be peace on Earth, Let it begin with me” on each of its six sides in different languages. To date there are 200,000 Peace Poles in 180 countries worldwide, have been translated into 300 different languages and are dedicated as monuments to peace.
The Peace Pole Project was founded in 1975 in Japan by Masahisa Goi, founder of The World Peace Prayer Society. The official Peace Pole Project is located at The World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, New York, which is the International Headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society.