The Highground will recognize the International Day of Peace with the annual “open community” event at noon on Wednesday, September 21.
A brief ceremony with music, readings from the public and a minute of peace will be shared at The Highground Liberty Bell. This will be followed by the opportunity to sample recipes from around the world at The Highground Museum. In addition to exciting, diverse cultural foods, there will also be many dishes that have been “Americanized” as foreign favorites evolved in “the great melting pot” of the United States.
A “Senbazuru” symbol of peace, a display of 1,000 origami cranes created and donated by volunteers, will be on display in The Highground Museum. The larger exhibition in the Museum is the History of the U.S. Military in the Greater Middle East from WWII – Present Day, including over 400 military boots, each dedicated to a service member who died while serving or due to their service in the Greater Middle East from Desert Storm to present day. This exhibition honors those who served and reminds all who visit of the human cost of war.
The public is invited to bring soil from their homes to spread on the Dove Effigy Mound and/or flowers to place at the Peace Pole at The Highground. Volunteers will be available to bring guests to the Dove and the Peace Pole in The Highground trail system via golf carts after the ceremony.
This event would not be possible without the generosity of Skip & Debbie Klabon, Tina Feiten, Pam Smith, Kathy Burnett, John Donahue and Thrivent.