SITE OF THE MONTH: http://peace.maripo.com
Peace monuments exist all over the world, but tend to be outnumbered and overshadowed by grand (and often grandiose) war memorials. The relative paucity of monuments dedicated to pacifism in our own country both reflects and perpetuates a lack of public awareness of U.S. governmental efforts to promote peace.
Happily, retired Foreign Service officer Edward W. Lollis is doing his part to rectify this disparity with an online database of Peace Monuments Around the World (http://peace.maripo.com). This compilation features hundreds of such sites, organized geographically, thematically and chronologically. In addition, special pages feature famous peacemakers, peace art and artists, museums for peace, manmade and natural disasters, historic peace conferences, international treaties, the United Nations, the Nobel Peace Prize, the atomic bomb, the Israel-Palestine conflict, genocide, the Holocaust, and many others.
One section (http://peace.maripo.com/p_foreign_service.htm) is devoted to monuments to the U.S. Foreign Service. In effect, this page is an illustated history of the Service, apparently the first time such a compilation has ever been attempted online. Among many other features, it includes photos of 36 American embassies and consulates from around the world.
Mr. Lollis welcomes additions to his collection from Foreign Service colleagues, both active-duty and retired. He can be reached through the site or at geovisual @ comcast.net.
--Steven Alan Honley, Editor
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