A peace pole stands as a permanent symbol of the message that it conveys, reflecting and informing the hopes and feelings of those who see it. A Peace Pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of humanity for peace on earth. The peace pole movement was started in Japan by the World Peace Prayer Society in 1955, with the objective of dedicating monuments of peace rather than conflict. There are now estimated to be as many as 250,000 poles in nearly every country of the world.
There are Peace Poles on the Allenby Bridge between Israel and Jordon; at the North Magnetic Pole; at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial; at the Peace Park where 84 Peace Poles commemorate the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah; at the War Museum in Viet Nam; at Robben Island in South Africa, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned; at the Pyramids at El Giza in Egypt; on the top of Mt. Everest; at the Afghanistan Pakistan border; at the site of the baptism of Jesus at Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordon; and at schools, churches, synagogues, mosques and temples across the United States and around the world.
The Morgan Hill Peace Monument was designed by Artist David Middlebrook. The durable basalt column creates a legacy of perpetuity and will be located on the lawn west of the Morgan Hill Public library. The word “Peace” will be engraved on the column in English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Irish-Gaelic, Vietnamese, Arabic, French, Hebrew, Mandarin (Chinese), Tagalog (Philippine), Hindi (East Indian), Dari (Persian), and Braille. The languages chosen reflect Morgan Hill’s sister cities of Japan, Mexico, Italy, and Ireland along with other languages reflecting Morgan Hill’s diverse community.