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Rotary Peace Pole

Aryan Argrawal, exchange student from India, right, joins Rotarians last week at the dedication of the Peace Pole at the city-owned Jackson Park in Hood River. The pole is located at the west entrance to the park, just above the Mike Schend Stage. From left are Steve Schmidt, Rotary President Joe Guenther, Don Benton, and Steve Wheeler.

Photo by Chelsea Marr
Aryan Argrawal, exchange student from India, right, joins Rotarians last week at the dedication of the Peace Pole at the city-owned Jackson Park in Hood River. The pole is located at the west entrance to the park, just above the Mike Schend Stage. From left are Steve Schmidt, Rotary President Joe Guenther, Don Benton, and Steve Wheeler.

Aryan Argrawal, exchange student from India, right, joins Rotarians last week at the dedication of the Peace Pole at the city-owned Jackson Park in Hood River. The pole is located at the west entrance to the park, just above the Mike Schend Stage. From left are Steve Schmidt, Rotary President Joe Guenther, Don Benton, and Steve Wheeler, who is city manager. The pole contains the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in eight different languages, representing the countries of exchange students hosted by Hood River Rotary through the years: English, Spanish, Chinese, Thai, French, Hindi, Danish, and Swiss. Rotary Peacebuilder Clubs throughout Northwest Oregon dedicated more than 120 Peace Poles on the same day April 21. Peace Poles started in Japan, and have spread worldwide with many distinguished dedicators including Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama, Pope John Paul II, Coretta Scott King, and the presidents of many countries.



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