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Tree and Peace Pole to Be Planted for Arbor Day

While Waubonsee Community College will plant the  traditional tree during its Arbor Day celebration on Thursday, April 28, it is also planting something a bit more unique — an eight-foot-tall aluminum Peace Pole.

The two plantings will be celebrated in a short ceremony at 11:15 a.m. between Collins Hall and the Science Building on the north side of the Sugar Grove Campus, Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive. There will be remarks about the college’s ongoing sustainability efforts, including its recent Tree Campus USA designation, and the history of the Peace Pole Project, along with a performance by the Waubonsee Chorale. Attendees will also be able to take part in a human peace sign photo.   

Started in Japan in 1955 as a response to the Hiroshima bombings and bearing the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in a different language on each of their four sides, Peace Poles can now be found at more than 200,000 sites around the globe, including the Egyptian pyramids, the South African jail where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, and the U.S. Pentagon. Waubonsee’s Peace Pole languages include English, Arabic, French and Spanish, as well as a Braille plate.