JOHNSON CITY — East Tennessee State University will celebrate the International Day of Peace with several events beginning Sept. 18 and culminating in a program at Metro Kiwanis Park on Saturday, Sept. 21, at noon.
The program at the park will recognize the day with musical performances by ETSU students and proclamations honoring the 50th anniversary of Johnson City's participation in the sister cities program. The mayor of the first of those cities, Guaranda, Ecuador, will be attending. At the program's end, 100 biodegradable balloons will be released.
The public is invited to attend this global celebration.
The International Day of Peace is sanctioned by the United Nations and honored around the world as a time of truce, established in the hopes that a day of peace can eventually extend to peace in the world. Over 200 countries are involved in observing the day.
Free public activities will also be held several days before the official date of Sept. 21. On Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. along the campus pedestrian mall, student organizations will invite visitors to participate in the creation of a hand-print peace sign. The canvas will be displayed on campus, along with last year's peace sign.
On Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in the D.P. Culp University Center's Martha Street Culp Auditorium, Kiran Singh Sirah, the new director of the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, will share his statement on conflict resolution that he presented at the United Nations Headquarters. A candlelight vigil will follow with the ETSU Gospel Choir and others performing.
Friday, Sept. 20, will feature an event during half-time at the 7 p.m. ETSU men's soccer game. Students from around the world will gather on the field with sparklers to form an illuminated peace symbol.
The Day of Peace celebration is sponsored by ETSU Model United Nations, the International Student Association, the Honors College and the Office of Multicultural Affairs..
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