Sunday, September 21, 2014

Stop and Listen for the Sounds of Peace

Carmen Wright, volunteer contributor

Like many of us who have been tuning in to news about conflicts in Ukraine, Israel, Afghanistan, Syria, and even places closer to home, you might have forgotten that on September 21st we celebrate the International Day of Peace. It is the day when the United Nations Chief rings the Peace Bell at the UN headquarters in New York to call for cease-fire and non-violence around the world and to draw attention to this year’s theme: “The Right of Peoples to Peace.”
At the Red Cross, we celebrate people’s right to peace on a daily basis by fulfilling
our mission to end suffering through our disaster relief services in other
countries, and even by teaching
international humanitarian law
. This Peace Day, we encourage you to ask yourself who you can make peace with because it is not only nations that war against each other. We also encourage you to immerse yourselves in the sounds of peace by taking part in the many celebrations going on in the DFW area.
At the World Peace Day Celebration in Dallas you can listen to music, poetry, and guest lecturers from the Human Rights Initiative.
At the Peace Day Dallas Awareness Adventure you can listen to great facts and stories about Dallas, Texas, the U.S. and the world as you go on a three-and-a-half-mile scavenger hunt in
Downtown Dallas.
You can also tune in the 2014 Peace One Day Celebration, broadcast from Goma International Airport.

For a list of events all over the world, you can also visit
Today and every day we wish you peace because, as Elie Wiesel said, “Peace is our gift to
each other.”

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