Local school children, Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian Burke, and Superintendent Donald L. Martin Jr. of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will participate in the city’s annual observance of the International Day of Peace on Monday, Sept. 21, at noon on the steps of City Hall, 101 N. Main St.
The observance will begin with a minute of silence followed by a reading of the Peace Proclamation and performances by students from Kennedy Learning Center, the Downtown School, Brunson Elementary School, and the Arts-Based Elementary School. Also participating will be Laura Spangler, the pastor of Lloyd Presbyterian Church, and Glenn Pettiford, the pastor of First Baptist Church East Winston.
Other Peace Day events include an interfaith service at 7 p.m. Monday at Green Street United Methodist Church, 639 S. Green Street; and a public address by Archbishop Elias Chacour at noon Wednesday, Sept. 23 at Augsburg Lutheran Church, 845 W. Fifth Street.
The International Day of Peace, a global observance established in 1981 by a United Nations resolution, is a day for strengthening the ideal of peace and alleviating tensions and causes of conflict.
On Peace Day each year, young people in countries all over the world observe a minute of silence at noon in their time zone to support the United Nations in its mission of world peace. Observances have been held in Winston-Salem since 2003.