Dozens of people gathered to help unveil a “peace pole” at Lansing’s City Hall.
The pole, which features the words “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in twelve different languages.
Organizers – including the city of Lansing and St. Vincent’s Catholic Charities – chose to unveil it today to celebrate World Refugee Awareness Week.
“Lansing stands in solidarity with refugees and immigrants, continually aiming to foster a community of love and acceptance,” said Joan Jackson Johnson, Director of the City of Lansing’s Human Relations & Community Services Department in a press release.
“For refugees, coming here is a new beginning,” said Judi Harris, St. Vincent’s Refugee Services Program Director. “Lansing is their new home, where they can work hard to provide for their families and be part of a welcoming community.”
It’s one of several such poles across the county, and a peace pole website estimates there are some 200,000 such poles across the planet.