September 21, 2011: International Day of Peace: Asheville

Join us in Asheville on Wednesday, 21st September 2011, from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM, for the 2nd Annual International Day of Peace! Peacetown Asheville and Local 099 of Veterans for Peace, Mountain Area Interfaith Forum and other allies are increasing their Annual International Day of Peace celebration in 2011 from 1 hour to 3 hours, and from a corner by the infamous Magnolia Tree near Pack Square into Pack Square itself.

The Asheville region joins with hundreds of other communities around the world as they continue to dedicate one day of the year as a day of ceasefire from all conflicts locally and globally. International Day of Peace has been observed since 1921 through the League of Nations, and was later continued by the United Nations, adding the goal of the one day cease-fire in 2002.

What can you expect at this event?

The first hour of the 3 hour event will be dedicated to our younger generations. Children are invited to come along and make “Pinwheels for Peace” and then showcase their artwork to support international peace. Adults and children are also invited to write their own messages of peace on cloth squares to display that evening. Entertainment is themed around making it “cool” to love peace again.

The second hour features keynote speaker Mike Ferner who is the interim national director of Veterans for Peace. Elected leaders will read local proclamations, and Peacetown will introduce its “Bring Our War Dollars Home” Resolution that it plans to take to Asheville City Council for adoption later this year.

The event will conclude with the release of white doves and a chance for everyone and anyone to speak their mind on peace in North Carolina and around the world.

Event organizer is Rachael Bliss. For more information or to RSVP, contact her at 505-9425 or email

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