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Southern Oregon Regional Peace Pole Origin

Harmony with Difference: A Local – Global Peace Pole and Flag Ceremony – Medford, Oregon – USA

On Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:00am the sound of John Lennon’s “Imagine” played in the sunlit morning calling people together and started the Harmony with Difference: A Local – Global Peace Pole and Flag Ceremony. This historic, multi-cultural event bringing friendship and goodwill within the Rogue Valley, Oregon cultures and internationally with China, was guided by Fumi Johns Stewart and Jules Lamore of the World Peace Prayer society. It was organized by David Wick and Irene Kai of  Southern Oregon China Connection and co-sponsored by Medford/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, and United Way of Jackson County, Oregon. This was a first.

Participants were truly moved by the four languages on the Peace Pole, English, Chinese, Spanish and Lakota which expressed the universal message May Peace Prevail on Earth – transcending religion, politics, ethnicity, and all other differences. The International symbol dedicated to Peace, friendship and goodwill, will serve as an inspiration and source of pride for generations to come.

The wonderful speakers were:

• Agnes Baker Pilgrim – Member of International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
• Representative Dennis Richardson – Oregon Legislator, candidate for Oregon Governor
• Minister Counsellor Mr. Fang Maotian, Chinese Embassy Washington DC
• Representative Peter Buckley – Oregon Legislator
• Lilia Caballero – Cultural Liaison Coordinator, Medford Police Department
• Art Lumley, Ret. Navy Commander, Chair of the Jacksonville/Applegate Rotary Club Peace Committee

We were also treated to the Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre dance troup.

This dedicated and honored Peace Pole was then placed as a permanent regional monument in the main walkway in the US Cellular Community Park in Medford. It will be a shared inspiration for many thousands of young people and families from Oregon, and many surrounding states, who come to this well known facility. This was accomplished with the support and guidance of Brian Sjothun, City of Medford Parks and Recreation Director and the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Directions to Southern Oregon Regional Peace Pole, US Cellular Community Park, 300 Lowry Ln,                       Medford, Oregon (click here)

ON THE LEFT SIDE - Video segments of the first Peace Pole and Flag Ceremony

ON THE RIGHT SIDE - information on Opening Ceremony of the 

20th International World Peace and Prayer Day/ Honoring Sacred Sites.


May 31, 2014 - Video of the Harmony with Difference: A Local – Global Peace Pole and Flag Ceremony 

Video Segment 1 (click here)

Minutes into video and speaker/activity

Introduction - David Wick
2:00 Irene Kai Intro speakers
2:50 Agnes Baker Pilgrim – Member of International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
8:45 Representative Dennis Richardson – Oregon Legislator
11:40 Minister Counsellor Mr. Fang Maotian, Chinese Embassy Washington DC

Video Segment 2 (click here)

Introduction of Ballet Folklorico Ritmo Alegre Dance Troup
4:55 Representative Peter Buckley – Oregon Legislator
7:15 Lilia Caballero – Cultural Liaison Coordinator, Medford Police Department
9:36 Art Lumley, Ret. Navy Commander, Chair of the Jacksonville/Applegate Rotary Club Peace Committee
14:00 Fumi Johns Stewart, Executive Director of the World Peace Prayer Society

Video Segment 3 (click here)

David Wick - Culture of Peace, Sponsors, planting of Peace Pole
2:17 Fumi Johns Stewart, Dedication and blessing of the Peace Pole by speakers
6:50 Irene Kai, Gifting of miniature Peace Poles
8:42 Beginning of the World Peace Flag Ceremony

Video Segment 4 (click here)

Continuation of the World Peace Flag Ceremony
3:38 Blessing of the Peace Pole by everyone
5:30 Conclusion


Text of presentation from Representative Dennis Richardson – Oregon Legislator, candidate for Oregon Governor - (click here)

Text of presentation from Minister Counsellor Mr. Fang Maotian, Chinese Embassy Washington DC - (click here)




Now - June 17, 2015 Opening Ceremony at Southern Oregon Regional Peace Pole of the World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites. 12:00pm Noon
World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites website (click here)
Opening Ceremony flyer (click here)
Opening Ceremony Program (click here)
City of Medford Mayor's Proclamation (Click here)