ETSU celebrates Day of Peace for third year
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 22:09
ETSU is gearing up for its third year of celebrating The International Day of Peace.
In 1981, the United Nations established the International Day of Peace.
In 2002, the UN officially made Sept. 21 the annual date for the event.
IDP was established in hopes that a day of peace could extend peace all over the world. Since its declaration, IDP has been celebrated all over the world in various manners.
Alumni Shae Keane first brought the idea of celebrating IDP to ETSU two years ago and organized the first celebration on campus.
This past year’s events were put together by honors students.
This year, the task has been passed down to International Student Affairs and Multicultural Affairs, with junior Kammy Kuang as the student coordinator.
The theme for this year’s events is “Who will you make peace with?” The events will span a four-day period, culminating on the official IDP.
“We expect a great turnout for this year’s events,” Kuang said. “We have invited many of the student organizations to be involved and many of them have shown great support for the programs.”
Events will begin on Wednesday in the Pedestrian Mall.
Different student organizations will have a table with a theme related to peace, whether it is violence or mental health.
In addition to the event, students will have the opportunity to put their handprints, wishes or quotes of peace on a large peace sign drop cloth.
Thursday’s events will include a speech given by Kiran Singh in the Culp Auditorium at 7 p.m.
Singh is the new director of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tenn.
Singh will share his statement of conflict that he presented at the UN Headquarters.
Following the speech will be a candlelight vigil and performances from the ETSU Gospel Choir in front of the library.
On Friday, during halftime at the ETSU men’s soccer game, volunteers from the audience will be asked to form a large human peace sign on the field. The volunteers will hold sparklers to light up the field.
On Saturday the celebration will move to the Metro Kiwanis Park.
The day’s activities include celebrating the 50th anniversary of the sister cities program.
The sister cities program is a program that connects people in different cities around the world.
Johnson City has been a sister city to Guaranda, Ecudaor since 1964. The goal of the program is to spread peace and prosperity. The mayor of Guaranda, Gustavo Jaramillo Villafuerte, will attend and various ETSU students will perform at the ceremony.
“It would be a great moment if the mayor of Guaranda can join us at the Peace Day celebration,” Kuang said. “It would be a significant symbol of international friendship and peace.”
The ceremony will close with the release of balloons including the quote “Who will you make peace with?”