The Peace Pole Project
The Peace Pole Project is an official project of The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) headquartered at The World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, NY. WPPS is a non profit, member supported, non-sectarian organization with NGO status at the United Nations. The sole mission of WPPS is to unite people across the world through the universal peace message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”
History of the Peace Pole Project
The Peace Pole Project was started in Japan by Masahisa Goi (1916 – 1980), who dedicated his life to spreading the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. Mr. Goi was greatly affected by the destruction caused by World War II and the atomic bombs which fell on the city of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His desire to assist in the creation of world peace was answered when in 1955, the Peace Message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, came to him in a moment of great inspiration and deep prayer.
After Mr. Goi authored the Universal Peace Message in 1955, a great number of people gathered in support of his vision and activities to spread the Peace Message were promoted throughout Japan. Soon after, Peace Poles inscribed with the Peace Message began to appear in various locations across Japan initiating the start of The Peace Pole Project.
The Peace Pole Project was first introduced to the United States with the opening of The World Peace Prayer Society offices in San Francisco and New York in 1986, The International Year of Peace.
Peace Poles are now the most recognized international peace symbol and monument the world over with more than 200,000 Peace Poles standing in almost every country throughout the world.
The Peace Pole Makers, USA
Owners of the original Peace Pole Makers USA were Carol & Joseph Spaulding from East Jordan, Michigan. They began to craft Peace Poles for the Peace Pole Project in 1985. In 2001, the business was sold to current owner, Dave Moffat whose Peace Pole Making facilities are currently located in Maple City, MI.
Here is a link to a YouTube video about The Peace Pole Makers USA that Jerry Leggett at PeaceBubble.org made in July 2008.
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