OCEAN PARK - Almost two years ago the Sunday School students of Ocean Park Lutheran Church had the idea to make a Peace Pole. On Sept. 25, three Peace Poles and a park were dedicated by the congregation.
Roy Pellerin, an accomplished wood worker, made the design of three eight-sided cedar structures and also provided a good share of the work. He was helped by about a dozen church members as they created not only the Peace Poles, but also fashioned a beautifully landscaped park as well.
Lavender grows among oyster shells, red rock and concrete walkways in the park with the Peace Poles being the center piece. The poles feature the words "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in 24 different languages and each language reflects the heritage of the community.
The Peace Pole is the only one on the Peninsula. It is estimated that there are 200,000 Peace Poles in over 180 countries world-wide. Most of the poles in the U.S. are located in the upper mid-west or on sundry college campuses. The first one was erected in Japan in 1956. There are Peace Poles at the magnetic North Pole, on the Jordan River in Israel, at Gorky Park, Russia, and one in Hiroshima, Japan.
At the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City 80 Peace Poles were given to athletes to take back to their own countries. It is likely that the Ocean Park Lutherans have the only Peace Pole in our state.