Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) Unveils Peace Pole to Commemorate the 68th Anniversary of the Nagasaki Bombing

New York, NY, August 03, 2013 --( On Thursday, August 8th, Peter Yarrow (one of the members of the folk-singing trio Peter, Paul and Mary) will help unveil a Peace Pole outside St. John’s Lutheran Church at 81 Christopher Street in the heart of Greenwich Village.

Inscribed with the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in German, Finnish, Japanese and English, the Peace Pole is an internationally recognized symbol of world peace. The St. John’s Peace Pole joins a global network of more than 200,000 Peace Poles in virtually every country of the world. Don Conreaux will begin the ceremony ringing his gong, followed by an interfaith service featuring leaders from various religious faiths, and special guest iconic folk singer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary.

The World Peace Prayer Society will lead a Peace Flag ceremony followed by a procession into the church for a night of entertainment and a special tribute to the memory of Toshi Seeger, the wife Pete Seeger, who grew up in Greenwich Village.

Following the tribute, there will be an evening of dance and performance featuring Peter Yarrow, Atsuko Yuma, Russell Daisey, The Peaceniks, Hilario Soto, Bill Shuman, Ray Korona, and Julie Lauren Stevens.

At 10:02 pm, there will be a bell ringing ceremony to commemorate the exact moment of the Nagasaki bombing. The evening will end with the singing of John Lennon’s song, “Imagine”.

On display throughout the church will also be an exhibition of children’s art from Peace Pals International (a program of The World Peace Prayer Society), which promotes the message May Peace Prevail On Earth and hope for Peace on Earth.

This event is organized by St. John’s Lutheran Church and the NYC Peace Museum, and sponsored by The World Peace Prayer Society, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Hugg-APlanet, Good News Broadcast, and We, the World.

Universal Peace Day (UPday), a program of the NYC Peace Museum, brings people around the world together to share their vision of peace and to transform a remembrance of horror into a rededication of life. The legacy of UPday, sponsored by Art For The People, began in 1984 in Central Park, where Peter Yarrow and others performed before a candle lighting ceremony at the exact moment of the Hiroshima bombing. Over the years, UPday events have taken place in numerous locations including: Dag Hammerskjold Plaza, Riverside Park, Battery Park, Union Square, The Riverside Church, Church Center of the UN, Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, and the NY Buddhist Church.

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