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Peace Monuments
Dedicated in 1993

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April 17, 1993 - Second International Peace Garden, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Warsaw (Poland). One of many International Peace Gardens in different countries. Presented to Warsaw by Washington, DC (USA).


April 27, 1993 - World Peace Bell, Sukhbaatar Square, Ulan Bator (Mongolia). One of 20 World Peace Bells placed in 16 different countries by the World Peace Bell Association (WPBA) of Tokyo (Japan).


Palm Sunday 1993 - Stained Glass Windows, Guardian Angel Roadside Chapel, South 24th Street, Clear Lake, Iowa (USA). One window labled "Peace," and the other with sword and "Isaiah 2:4." Windows salvaged from the former Zion Lutheran Church. Clear Lake is venue of last concert and death of rock star Buddy Holley [1936-1959].


June 6, 1993 - Statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Church Street, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa). Unveiled by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Pietermaritburg is where Gandhi was thrown off a train in 1893.
Date? - Plaque marking place of the 1893 railway incident, Platform No-1, Railway Station, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa).

June 1993 - "Symmetry" (Wilfred Owen Memorial), Shrewsbury Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire (England). Sculpture by Paul de Monchaux. Inscribed "I am the enemy you killed, my friend" from " Strange Meeting." "Wilfred Owen [1893-1918] [is] best known for his angry poetry on the supposed nobility and glory of war. But while he was compassionate to those around him, he was not self-pitying and earned the Military Cross for his bravery... [He] was killed leading his men across the Sambre-Oise canal in northern France just seven days before the peace was signed." One of 13 sites on the MAW Peace Map of the British Isles as of January 2009.

1993 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, California (USA). "Fountain & waterfall 50 feet high and 20 feet wide which cascades over Sierra granite. Iincludes back-lit photos from the civil rights movement and twelve shimmering glass panels set in granite and inscribed with Dr. King's inspiring words. Second largest MLK, Jr., memorial after the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia (USA)."

1993 - Seeds of Peace Camp, Otisfield, Maine (USA). Created by journalist John Wallach [1943-2002] on site of former Camp Powhatan to bring together Arab & Israeli teenagers for summer programs. Now includes children from opposite sides of many conflicts from around the world. Has offices in New York City, Jerusalem, Amman, Lahore, Mumbai & Kabul.


1993 - Erstes Osterreichisches Friedensmuseen / First Austrian Peace Museum, Heimatkreis Wolfsegg, Schulstrasse 18, Marktgemeinde Wolfsegg, Wolfsegg (Austria).

1993 - Saiki Peace Memorial Park, Tsuruyamachi Saiki-city, Oita (Japan). "The old naval facilities on this site, which was a former naval port, were dismantled & the area transformed into a park. The large open air is covered by grass and the main spaces are defined as geometric forms by the white paths cutting through it. These simple pathways are dressed with such things as river boulders as well as bout forms [sic], and abstract interpretations of natural flow patterns in Saiki. To these, we constructed mounds, pools & monuments to form a harmonious whole through which the movement of people would become organically involved. That park was solo project by Eiki Danzuka who is director of EARTHSCAPE."

1993 - Peace Museum of Saitama, 241-113 Iwadono, Higashi Matsuyama, Saitama Prefecture (Japan). One of 9 Japanese institutions described in brochure for 6th International Conference of the INMP in 2008.


1993 - Robben Island Museum, Robben Island (South Africa). "The notorious prison on the Island was also used to exile political prisoners of the apartheid era between the 1960s and 1991. Today it is a World Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price some paid for freedom." Nelson Mandela & F.W. de Klerk shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize.


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1993 - Peace Monument, Bona Espero / Good Hope, Alto Paraiso de Goias (Brazil). 155 miles north of Brasilia. Inscribed Ke La Paco Regu La Mondon / May Peace Prevail on Earth (as on all Peace Poles). "Our Peace Monument which I built together with the children here in [Bona Espero] a large school-farm in Brazil in 1993 on invitation of Esperanto Peacemakers in Hiroshima. We are volunteers since 1974 in an Educational Esperanto Institution, where we protect & teach victimized children. We are all volunteers from different countries but without any communication problem, as we all, inclusive the children, use Esperanto. My wife Ursula (german) and me (italian) are also Rotarians, & at this moment I am the secretary of the Esperanto Rotarian Fellowship [Rotaria Amikaro De Esperanto (RADE)], present in all yearly R.I. Conventions. Rotarians from all over the world visit us for periods of volunteering in a wounderful wave of solidarity. We admire your very important challenge to do your part for a peaceful world! Congratulations! At your disposal for any future necessary information, Rotariamente, Giuseppe Grattapaglia" [by email 25Mar12]. Left photo courtesy of Giuseppe Grattapaglia.

1993 - Peace Cairn, Rossnowlagh, County Donegal (Ireland). "Intended to satisfy two distinct though parallel functions. The physical action of placing an object in memoriam is both simple & familiar. Whenever there is an unusual loss of life, we are accustomed to the sight of people placing flowers on the spot, often forming a significant mound. The image is potent but transient; hence the second function. The cairn remains on the site in a permanent state of change. In its permanence, it reminds the visitor to think of peace & consider whether there is anything they can do to help to bring it about. In its constant state of change, it is a reminder that 'peace' is not something which comes about & then remains so forever but the first step in an ongoing commitment to maintenance & continuing effort. The activity symbolises many things on many levels. On one level, it represents the laying down of primitive weapons - turning them into building blocks of a better future... The Peace Cairn represents a burial place for enmity & violence. It is simultaneously a memorial to those lost to violence & an aspiration for peace in the future." /// Rossnowlagh is a seaside resort & surfing beach.

1993 - Nooit Meer Auschwitz / Auschwitz Memorial, Wertheimpark, Amsterdam (Netherlands). Cracked mirror by Jan Wolker. Click here for Wikipiedia article in Dutch.
1993 - Quotation from Elie Wiesel's book Night with Auschwitz fence posts, 3rd floor tower room, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC (USA). Elie Wiesel received the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize.


1993 - Museum of Tolerence, Simon Wiesenthal Center, 9786 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, California (USA). Entry #87 in the "Peace Movement Directory" by James Richard Bennett (2001).

1993 - "Temple of the Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet" at Cactus Springs, Indian Springs, Nevada. Has "Madre del Mundo" sculpture" (right image) by Marsha Anne Gomez [1951-1998] which is identical to the one at the Peace Farm, between Amarillo & Panhandle, Texas (USA).

1993 - Mural of Peace, Milwaukee, Wiscosin (USA). By Puerto Rican artist Reynaldo Hernandez. "An artist, educator and leader, he helps communities express their ideas with images that teach and that put people in motion."


September 5, 1993 - Garden for Peace (GFP #4), Alumni Garden, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia (USA). One of several GFP's sponsored by Gardens for Peace, Atlanta, Georgia (USA).



October 24, 1993 - Straße der Menschenrechte / Way of Human Rights, Germanisches Nationalmuseum /German National Museum, Nuremberg (Germany). "Sited on the street between the new and old buildings of the musuem, connecting Kornmarkt Street and the medieval city wall. Consists of a gate, 27 round pillars made of white concrete, two pillars buried in the ground showing only a round plate, and one columnar oak, for a total of 30 pillars. Engraved in each pillar is one article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. "Part of Nuremberg's efforts to shake off its Nazi-era reputation as the 'City of the Party Rallies' and reinvent itself as a 'City of Peace & Human Rights.'" "By Israeli sculptor Danny Karavan. See similar use of stone pillars by Karavan at Nitzana Settlement in the Negev Desert (Israel).


1993? - Pacific Crest Trail Monuments, on US/Canadian Border (Washington & British Columbia) & on US/Mexican border (California & ______). Identical wooden monuments 2,650 miles apart at each end of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

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