Every year since 1981 the United Nations General Assembly declares a day of peace for the strengthening of the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. It was decided in 2001 that September 21 should be observed as a day of ceasefire and non-violence.
The theme this year is “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All.” The goal is to encourage all peoples in nations and between nations to work together for peace. Though we certainly want peace between Eastern and Western nations, we also want the various factions within our own country to find ways to co-exist peacefully.
All nations are invited to honor a cease fire during the Day and to focus on education and public awareness on matters related to peace.
In the spirit of the Day of Peace even Burger King and McDonalds have come together to offer the McWhopper for that day. When these giant rivals can find mutual respect and allowance for one another’s existence, other groups with competing interests might be inspired to follow their example.
The Peace and Justice Network of Montgomery County, Inc. is organizing a children’s art project for the observance of the International Day of Peace. Groups of children from various organizations and churches in the county are making art pieces with peace as the theme.
The art will be displayed in several community locations including the South County and the Conroe public Libraries, the Conroe Chamber of Commerce office, The South County Community Center, and the South County and Conroe YMCAs. Additionally, art will be exhibited in the churches and other facilities where children created it including the Oscar Johnson Community Center and Children’s Books on Wheels.