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'Peace pole' unveiled in Winnipeg's St. Vital Park

Visitors to St. Vital Park in Winnipeg can now read messages of peace on a symbolic "peace pole" that was unveiled on Tuesday.

5-foot pole includes message 'May peace prevail on Earth' in 8 different languages

Visitors to St. Vital Park in Winnipeg can now read messages of peace on a symbolic "peace pole" that was unveiled on Tuesday.

This five-foot-tall "peace pole" at St. Vital Park in Winnipeg is engraved with the message "may peace prevail on Earth" in eight different languages. (Ryan Cheale/Radio-Canada)
The five-foot pole is engraved with the message, "May peace prevail on Earth" in English, French, German, Hindi, Ukrainian, Tagalog, Cree and Chinese.

The peace pole was unveiled by St. Vital Coun. Brian Mayes and representatives with the Rotary Club of St. Boniface-St. Vital to help launch Peace Days, an annual festival that takes place Sept. 11-24 at venues across the city.

Since the first peace pole was erected in Japan in the 1950s, more than 100,000 similar monuments have been set up in more than 180 countries around the world.

The peace poles "serve as visual reminders that peace should never be taken for granted," Mayes stated in a news release.

"Here in Winnipeg, this peace pole is another example of our city's commitment to promoting peace and human rights," he added.

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