.::CAC Peace Day::.

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"There is no way to peace, peace is the way." ~A.J. Muste

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
" ~Jimi Hendrix
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To celebrate Peace Day, Mrs. Popinchalk's period B International Relations class visited Ms. Miller's third grade class three separate times to discuss the issues stemming from nuclear weapons, specifically the Hiroshima bomb. As well as teaching the third graders a few things about World War Two and the Hiroshima bomb in general, they taught the high school class about the story of a young Japanese girl, Sadako, who fell victim to the "a-bomb" disease, leukemia.

Listening to 3M give their presentations was enlightening in that it made me realize one key aspect about resolving conflict in the world -- it is imperative that we can understand each other, so that when we converse, conflict is easily averted. As well as ability to communicate clearly, a basic, friendly relationship is also helpful in upholding a cordial environment, and that, I believe, was the primary reason for our repeated visits to the third grade. In fact, one week after out last visit, one of the third graders from Mrs. Miller's class greeted me as I was coming into the school through the front gate and proceeded to ask me how I was and what classes I had that day. It just goes to show what a little collaborative work can do for intracollegiate relations. If different countries were to do such friendship-building activities on a country-to-country level, imagine the wonders it would do for international relations!

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On our final meeting with the third grade, we buddied up in small groups and learned how to construct paper origami cranes, just as Sadako did in the story. She made these cranes because a friend told her that if she made one thousand of them, she could make one wish -- to live.

===The moral of Sadako's story is applicable to life today. What the Japanese and American people did in the 1940's affected (and killed) people who had not, at the time, even been born. Our decisions today affect not only us, but the lives of our children and grandchildren. Keeping this in mind should be motivation enough for the world today to strive to maintain peace.===

What can we do? In truth, there are an infinite number of things we can do to promote peace that range from acts of kindness between one another to spreading awareness through organizations or simply talking about it. One man, Jeremy Gilley, has a vision of Peace One Day, and founded an organization in that name in 1999. In 2001, a UN resolution was adopted (unanimously), marking September 21st of each year as Peace Day. Some things that happen on this day are major donations, peace events (like the concert held in the Royal Albert Concert Hall, attended by Gilley himself), and global cease-fires.

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On Thursday, September 20, 2007, the high school students got together to make a peace sign on the field. The middle schoolers did the same only instead of a peace sign they made a dove, and the elementary students had their assembly outside on the field. As well, all students wore (or should have worn!) white that day to signify the purity of peace, and how it can shed so much light on our otherwise dark, shadowy world.

I believe that if there were more activities that linked younger and older students in CAC, unity and understanding among the pupils would soar to unprecedented levels, and we, the seeds of peace, would grow and mature into adults with the inspiration and motivation to change our world forever.

Works Cited:

  • "Peace quotes." ThinkExist.com Quotations. 01 Jan 2006.
ThinkExist. 24 Sep 2007 <http://thinkexist.com/quotations/peace/>.

  • Gilley, Jeremy. "Peace One Day." Peace One Day.
Peace One Day. 26 Sep 2007 <http://www.peaceoneday.org/about.aspx>.