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Chicago Peace Day Celebration
an article by Jennifer Kim

Peace Day in Chicago has been celebrated annually since 1978 and focuses on the positive side of building peace in ourselves, our families, schools, communities, cities, nations and the world. Chicago joined forces with the United Nations’ celebration when the U.N. created the International Day of Peace in 1982. The Peace School, a non-profit educational organization, initiated Chicago’s Peace Day observance and has worked with the Mayor’s office every year to put on the event. Last year, the Chicago Build the Peace Committee (CBTPC) was formed to expand Peace Day in honor of the event’s 30th anniversary.

Peace Day in Chicago includes One Minute of Silence for World Peace and features the Call to Peace and World Peace Flag Ceremony. Flags of the 192 countries recognized by the U.N. form a colorful procession. As each country is named, its flag is presented on stage and everyone joins in sending wishes, thoughts or prayers for peace to that country by saying together, "Peace in [country]!"

The event also includes remarks by some of the CBTPC’s Honorary Co-Chairs including Dana Starks, Chairman of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations; Ron Huberman, CEO of Chicago Public Schools; Lori Healey, President of Chicago 2016; and Patricia-Maza Pittsford, Consul General of El Salvador and Dean of the Consular Corps of Chicago.

The goal of Peace Day is to get all people thinking about how they can build peace on a daily basis, in the life they lead right now.

The Celebration will take place in Daley Plaza, 50 West Washington, Chicago, on Friday, September 17, 2010 from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm. For further information, you may go to Chicago Build The Peace Committee at This promotes the peace keys of respect reject share


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Latest reader comment:

It is difficult to find extensive listings of the many events celebrating the International Day of Peace around the world.  An exception is the United Religions Initiative which lists events for the IDP 2014 by their affiliates in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, United States and the Philippines.

This report was posted on August 17, 2010.