The Peace Pole is an international symbol of peace & the desire people have within communities for it to prevail in the world. They appear in all sorts of places such as war torn Syria, Baghdad in Iraq, there’s even one in the Pentagon,and now in the garden at St Anne’s Church at the end of Dunbar High Street. Rev Andrew Bain approached the Youth Work Project to see if there was any way of involving the schools.
In response the Primary 7’s volunteered as this fitted well with their WWII project, where they had come to understand some of the horrors war brings. They wrote some very powerful & quite moving prayers & poems which were read out in the dedication service. The Bishop of Edinburgh, Rt Rev John Armes came to dedicate the Peace Pole & took time out to chat to the children about their work. He even had a selfie taken with them!
The pole will hopefully remain in place as a beacon of hope. Some of the young people involved in the ceremony might not yet fully appreciate its significance, but over time it might signpost them to a place of peace.