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Peace Monuments
Dedicated in 1981

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May 31, 1981 - "Monument of People's Friendship," Peace Symbols Zone, Nagasaki Peace Park, Nagasaki (Japan). From the German Democratic Republic (GDR). "Symbolizes the efforts for Peace and a happy future of Mankind, for the Friendship among the Peoples."
1981 - World Peace Bell, World Peace Bell Park, Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh (India). "This is a large metallic Bell gifted to India by Japan in 1981 to be erected in the sacred Buddhist city of Shravasti."
1981 - Musée Albert Schweitzer / Albert Schweitzer Museum, 126, rue du Général de Gaulle, Kaysersberg, Alsace (France). "Ce lieu présente l'œuvre hospitalière du docteur à Lambaréné (Gabon) de 1913 à nos jours." Next door to Schweitzer's birthplace (also shown in image). Albert Schweitzer [1875-1965] received the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize.
1981 - Broken Shield, central quadrangle, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana (USA). Sculpture by John Mishler. "One of his first metal pieces, Broken Shield became a part of the college, which used it in its advertising. It has been covered in tinfoil, a student made a papier mache figure and posed them together for his senior show and other students turned it into a flag." Goshen is a Mennonite college with the slogan "Healing the World, Peace by Peace."
1981 - The Peace Museum, Chicago, Illinois (USA). Founded by Mark Rogovin & Marjorie Craig Benton. "First & only of its kind in the US, exploring the impact of war & peace through the arts." Lost its original space. "Will be sharing space with other cultural organizations in the future. Our first exhibition in shared space opens November 8, 2008, at the Chicago Public Library..." Entry #276 in the "Peace Movement Directory" by James Richard Bennett (2001).
1981 - Antikriegshaus Sievershausen / Sievershausen Anti-War House & Peace Center, Kirchweg 4, Sievershausen (Germany).

1981 - Monumento à Paz Universal / Monument to Universal Peace, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil). The beautiful monument to universal peace was donated by LC4 District [of the Lions Club] when he was Governor PDG José de Abreu Duarte LC BH Itacolumi. It was inaugurated with the presence of the International President, the Japanese Murakami, after a long battle of our governor for him to come." [Google translation]

1981-1999 - Temple of Tolerance, 203 South Wood Street, Wapakoneta, Ohio (USA). Remained under construction until 1999. "I've seen many amazing visionary art sites, but none quite like the one James R. (Jim) Bowsher has created. His home is an incredible museum -- a Grand Central Terminal for the Underground Railroad, an invisible library of unwritten books on Freemasons, Harry Houdini & and Neil Armstrong. Over several backyards are massive glacial boulders forming the central monument dedicated to tolerance, a stage for summer music performances, a Vietnam War memorial, and a Tree of Life. Throughout the grounds you'll also find the archeology of good and evil -- Boundary markers from a Shawnee Indian reservation, slab steps from a Klan meetinghouse, stone dragons from Ireland, fragments from the first baseball park in Cincinnati, even a marble countertop from a bank that John Dillinger robbed. Perhaps more than anything, the Temple stands to remind us, as well as future generations, to have compassion for others as we continue to explore our dreams, follow our spirit, and search for answers in the hope of scaling new heights." [Cathy J. Schreima, Wapakoneta Evening Ledger, April 7, 2001.] /// Bowsher's temple is further described & illustrated on NarrowLarry's World of the Outstanding & RareVisions Road For YouTube videos of the temple, click here for 11 minutes on a sunny day, and click here for 5 minutes in the snow. Also click to see Bowsher explaining why he believes in innate goodness and telling the story of rivets.
September 1981 - Greenham Common Woman's Peace Camp, RAF Greenham Common, Berkshire (England). "The last missiles left the camp in 1991 as a result of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, but the camp remained in place until 2000 after protestors won the right to house a memorial on the site." Click here for Wikipedia article. "Greenham Peace Garden" is one of 13 sites on the MAW Peace Map of the British Isles as of January 2009.
December 7, 1981 - Foreign War Victims' Memorial for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons & Establishment of World Peace, near the Hypocenter, Nagasaki Peace Park, Nagasaki (Japan). "At the end of WW-II many Allied prisoners were being interned at Nagasaki, as well as large numbers of forced laborers from China & Korea, & many of these people were killed in the atomic bombing or in earlier American bombing raids. This memorial is dedicated to these foreign victims of the war, & was erected on the 40th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack as a pledge to work for the end of all war & the elimination of nuclear weapons."

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