Local school children, Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian H. 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 Tuesday, 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, Brunson Elementary School, Wiley Middle School and the Arts-Based Elementary School.
Other Peace Day events include a Community Peace Fair at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, at Lloyd Presbyterian Church, 748 N. Chestnut Street; and a “Peace on Earth” visual art exhibition by students from the Arts-Based Elementary School at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at the Winston-Salem Friends Meeting, 3151 Reynolda Road.
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.