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Rotary Club officers and guests of the dedication stand with the Peace Pole in the Rotary’s
Peace Park. The Peace Pole is an international symbol of peace, and was dedicated on
May 24th.

Jasper Rotary Club dedicates Peace Pole in Roper Park

By Suzanna Price

Recently, Rotary International of Jasper has created a new addition to the Rotary Peace Park, located in Roper Park. The Rotary Peace Pole, a monument featuring the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in eight languages, was dedicated on May 24th.

“Our peace pole will stand for generations to symbolize the oneness of humanity, and our common wish for a world at peace,” said Kay Lawrence, Rotary Club president, at the dedication.

Kim Waters, Rotary International district governor, gave the dedication’s key note address, discussing the meaning of Peace Poles and the Rotary’s dedication to the community.

Peace Poles are an international symbol of peace, and this one features the same message in English, Cherokee, French, Esperanto, Spanish, German, Italian and Russian, with two languages on each side of the 10ft pole. It was made with Blue Ridge marble, the same marble used to make the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

“I’m very proud of our community for being able to have [the Peace Pole],” said Denise Johnson, a guest at the dedication.

The pole’s dedication marked the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. With a motto of “Service above Self,” the Rotary Club is committed to community service both in Jasper and around the world.

“It’s a great monument that the Rotary has given our community,” said Rick Jasperse, Georgia House representative for District 11, during his speech at the dedication ceremony.

The pole can be seen in Roper Park using the entrance by the Recreation Center. The JasperRotary Club meets on Wednesdays at Chattahoochee Technical College.

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