As event organizer for A Global Voice of Peace Ceremony at the Village Green, the town park, I visited the three local schools asking children to express their thoughts, feelings, and visions about 9-11 & Peace for the ceremony.
On the day of the event, children, teachers, and residents, gathered in the park to prepare 3,000 white sand bags ringed the park’s perimenter. Each filled with one candle to represent those lost lives. One child was moved to place 9-11 written in candle bags on the center green. An amazing sight.
1st through 8th graders from the 3 local schools contributed over 400 pieces of the most heartfelt expressions of insight and depth.
As MC of the evening’s ceremony, I dedicated the evening’s program entirely to the children’s voices. The “Greatest Love of All” played softly in the background as 25 children personally shared their inner most thoughts, feelings and insights of 9-11 and Peace.
Over 700 people gathered on the park grounds, listened with respect, amazement and tears.
At the end of the ceremony, I asked everyone to disperse in silence and imagine peace within themselves, with their families, community and the world. The song “Imagine” played as the skies opened up with thunder, lightning and rain.
A Children’s Global Voice of Peace was heard this evening.