Flagstaff celebrates Peace Day in Heritage Square on Saturday | Local

Standing next to the Peace Pole in Heritage Square is Samantha Honanie with her children Henry and Thomas Burton. Also pictured is David Hartley, a local runner, with his dog Gunner. The Peace Pole has the message “May there be peace on earth” in Hopi, Dine, English, Japanese, Spanish and sign language.

Rebecca Dürrenberger, with kind permission

MARGARET VAN CLEVE Special for the Daily Sun

For the second year in a row, Flagstaff’s Peace Day celebration has reduced hours and activities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than ever, as individuals and as a nation, we need to focus on the theme of the Day of Peace. This year’s theme is “A Better Recovery for a Just and Sustainable World.” International Peace Day has been celebrated worldwide since 2001 on September 21, as determined by the United Nations.

Peace is the ultimate state of being. We strive to make peace not only with ourselves but with others as well. Flagstaff is celebrating Peace Day on Saturday from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm in Heritage Square with a Peace Walk and the rededication of the Pole of Peace in the square in downtown Flagstaff. Other activities are as follows:

African drummers and dancers: 9:30 am-10am

Ed Kabotie’s music and other activities: 10am

Rededication of the Peace Pole and the City of Flagstaff Peace Proclamation: 10:30 am

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Peace Walk-About: 10:45 am

Return to Heritage Square (on foot) – Montessori School of Flagstaff: 11:10 am

Peace announcements (possibility to sign up to support the Killip School): 11:30 am

Music with Ed Kabotie at the end of the formal events: 11:40 am

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