Text Box: Highlands Presbyterian Church
PEACE POLE
The Peace Pole at Highlands Presbyterian Church was planted on September 11, 2011, on the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.  The Pole is a symbol of reconciliation and love, a prayer for peace, and a guidepost to all whom seek peace that they have friends at Highlands.  Humans have expressed their desire for peace and our love for one another with landmarks and other artifacts since time immemorial, but modern peace poles started in Japan in 1976.  Masahisa Goi, following a Japanese tradition to inscribe memorial messages on grounded vertical stones, planted a stone with the message "May peace prevail on earth," a prayer he had composed in 1955 upon the 10-year anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombing.  Since then, more than 100,000 peace poles have been planted all over the globe, often inscribed with peace prayers in several languages.

The pole planted on Highlands Presbyterian grounds displays the word "Peace" in 20 different languages or alphabets (and there is a little room for more!).  Naturally no offense is intended by the present exclusion of any other language or symbol, but the languages represented are particularly meaningful for our community.  Starting with the south-west face of the pole, clockwise, the languages are English, Greek, French, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog, Portuguese, Tamil, Turkish, Myaamia (Miami), Arabic, Italian, Romanian, Somalian, Hebrew, German, English (in Braille), and Filipino.  Some of these languages write the word peace in the same way, which explains why there are 16 words representing 19 languages and the alphabet for the visually impaired.

We hope that the pole may be more than just words and a symbol.
Peace be with you!

Text Box: THE MAKING OF THE POLE:
The Peace Pole at Highlands Presbyterian Church was fabricated by a group from the church utilizing their talents and learning new talents.  Below are a few pictures as the Peace Pole was under construction.