Continued at Rotary Peace Monuments from around the world
This section is dedicated to Rotary Peace Monuments and the desire of those who created them toward world peace. It was a passion of Rotary International Founder Paul P. Harris to convey the worth of promoting world peace. These monuments are our effort to visualize that promise.
This is a list of peace & friendship monuments only. To me, a "peace monument" is any physical and public object (usually but not necessarily outdoors), including a park or garden, which is named or dedicated for "peace." The list does NOT necessarily include other Rotary projects which contribute to peace, including so-called Rotary Peace Cities, although five of the 14 listed monuments (*as indicated with asterisks) are in cities said to be Rotary Peace Cities. Date is year of dedication (if known).
Also note that all information is unconfirmed and that Rotary's connection to each monument may vary, e.g. in some instances may be limited to the original idea or creation of the monument and not necessarily to present-day ownership or other on-going connection.— Edward W. (Ted) Lollis, Knoxville, TN 37922, USA began this portion of our history website, the work is continued by Germán Sintes Lluch, RGHF member from ROTARY CLUB DE MAHÓN-MÔ, MENORCA-ESPAÑA District 2203.
Photo made Aug. 9, 2005, the 60th anniversary of the Nagasaki bomb, of Ted reading during a ceremony at the International Friendship Bell in Oak Ridge, TN.
|Peace Monuments in Europe||
Peace Monuments in North America
Peace Monuments in South America
Peace Monuments in Australia
Peace Monuments in Asia
|Paul Harris' Friendship Trees|
MontevideoAmbassador Martin J. Silverstein and Hector Rubio Sica, president of the Rotary Club of Montevideo , laid flowers at the base of a monument and unveiled a new bust of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Monday (April 12, 2004). The statue of Roosevelt, the 32nd U.S. president, had been destroyed with dynamite by terrorists in 1979. The bust of the late president was replaced by the Rotary Club in 1997, only to be stolen in 2002. Speaking before the small crowd, Rubio Sica said the Rotary Club's work in this project, "demonstrates that there is no specific reason for men to hate each other; that because of differences in cultures and races or for different reasons or bad interpretations, we have not reached a liberal understanding. We should find the precise formula to work successfully for universal peace. If we succeed in accomplishing this, the highest Rotarian aspirations will come true."
This monument is engraved with the following words of Dr. Hideki Yukawa: "O god of evil, do not come this way again. This place is reserved for those who pray for peace." ("God of evil" means a god who brings calamity and bad luck.) When Dr. Yukawa, developer of the Neutron Theory, received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his achievement, he became the first Japanese recipient of a Nobel Prize. Dr. Yukawa was shocked by the US test of a hydrogen bomb in 1954 and thereafter continually appealed for the abolition of nuclear weapons and war. He sponsored for example, the Conference on Science and World Affairs (Pugwash Conference).
Dr. Yukawa said, "I am proud of the search for
truth and am confident of my abilities. I worked for that search
my entire life. I have no regrets. But when I heard what
happened in August 6, I knew that scientists must bear the
responsibility for what occurred."
Source: Hiroshima Peace Site
Paul Harris' Friendship Trees|
Paul P. Harris, founder of Rotary International, and renowned spokesperson for world peace. "If we are not above indulging in flights of imagination, we may perchance find our usually staid and unemotional selves raised to a sense of exaltations as we contemplate the coming of the day when the genius of men will all be directed to constructive undertakings and the roar of cannons heard no more. merely a gesture to be sure, but dire have been the consequences of gestures of ill will and there have been an abundance of them. It is high time that there be more gestures of good will, and what better or more appropriate than the planting of trees, the living, growing hope of the realization of the highest concept known to man -- universal peace?" Paul Harris
For more about the Friendship and Peace Monuments planted by the founder of Rotary see www.friendshiptrees.org
|Menorca Airport - Spain|
Wellington Rotary Club (Florida, USA) has been extremely
active in the Rotary World Peace movement since 2002.
A chronology (lower left) leaves out numerous Rotary Humanitarian Grants, GSE and other peace projects we have completed. It just shows the basic evolution of our Wellington World Peace movement, which is based upon the concepts of "world peace, conflict resolution and intercultural understanding".
We have been Florida's most active World Peace club and have helped numerous clubs plant peace poles and develop Rotary Peace Initiatives in their communities.
Provided by RGHF member Dr. Wesley Boughner, 11 May 2011