John — August 18, 2006, 1:30 pm

A Call to Peace – August 26th

“A Call to Peace”
The World Peace Sanctuary, Amenia, New York

Saturday, August 26th

We are all hoping and praying for PEACE these days more than ever before.

On Saturday, August 26th from 11:00am to 3:00pm, A CALL TO PEACE, will be hosted at the World Peace Sanctuary in Amenia, New York, for friends, family, the local and the extended community.

The day will begin by respecting and honoring our land, our predecessors and the history we all share. The spirit of gratitude and peace will first be affirmed within the local community, within the United States and then expand to encompass the world at large.

One of the highlights of the program will be a ceremony to send prayers for peace to prevail in each of the 50 States of America. In a grand finale, the flags of each State will be presented in tune to the song, “America the Beautiful.” This will be the first time this ceremony has ever been performed.

Trudy Lamb Richmond, a local Schaghticoke elder and one of the few full-blooded Native Americans still living in this area, will open the day with a Native American blessing. Trudy is the Director of Public Programs at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, the largest Native American museum in the country.

All of the indigenous peoples of America will be honored as a complete list of all the past and present Indian Nations is read out loud.

A special moment of recognition will take place in five different categories of agricultural stewardship. Mark Doyle, Chairman of the Agriculture Committee of the Amenia Chamber of Commerce and former President of the Dutchess County Farm Bureau, will introduce each farmer as we honor their important role as custodians of the land.

During the closing program of the day, The World Peace Prayer Ceremony will invite all in attendance to send blessings and prayers for peace in every country on earth. The flags of each of the 192 countries will be presented in a colorful and moving procession to bring the day to a close.

Unlike past festivals held at the Peace Sanctuary, A CALL TO PEACE will be an intimate gathering of like-minded friends and members of the community who feel a CALL to generate positive, focused intentions for peace to prevail on earth at this critical time. The event will be held in a beautiful grove of walnut trees with simple children’s activities, nonprofit booths, barbecue and vegetarian fare, along with light music to complement the program during the lunch break.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic, blankets and lawn chairs to the event (no alcohol please). This is a free event open to one and all. Rain or Shine. Volunteers welcome. For more information, directions or an application for a free information booth, please visit: www.worldpeace.org or call 845-877-6093.

Join your voices in A CALL TO PEACE and COME MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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