NEWBURGH - The Newburgh Rotary and World Wide Peace Bell Foundation, in conjunction with the Mayor’s office, planted a new, more substantial Peace Pole at the foot of Broadway in Newburgh on International Peace Day September 21, 2013.
The peace symbol was dedicated to two passing peace advocates Toshi Seeger 91, wife of Peter Seeger for 70 years and John McConnell, 96, the founder of Earth Day in 1970.
Following the ceremony there was a short Peace Promenade through the Newburgh SUNY Orange campus, towards Mt St Mary’s College campus, ending at the First United Methodist Church Hall. The public was encouraged and welcome to join in the uplifting peace celebration.
As a result of the cooperation of Rotary International and the World Wide Peace Bell Foundation, Newburgh will be designated as a Rotary Peace City and an International City of Peace, and Newburgh mayor, Judy Kennedy, will be designated as a Mayor of Peace.
Doug Martin Sturomski, Newburgh Rotarian and founder of the World Wide Peace Bell Foundation, stated, "This project is one step towards a symphony of collaboration with Newburgh Service Clubs, Colleges, Schools, Churches and other Social organizations working to deliver even greater compassionate caring service and harmony within Newburgh."
Bill Bassett, past District Governor of Rotary International District 7210, stated, "We are proud to identify Newburgh, N.Y. as one of our select Peace Cities of the world due to its non-profit and local government cooperative commitment to service to all people in the community."