Peace Message to United Nations

Simultaneously with the ringing of the United Nations’ Peace Bell in New York (9.00 – 9.30am US Eastern time), bells will peal at St John’s Church in Harleston between 2.00 and 2.30pm (BST) on Friday 15 September as a forerunner to the UN’s International Day of Peace (21 September).

The chimes will bid Robin Twigge from Harleston and District Rotary Club ‘bon voyage’ as he carries wingtips clipped from each of the 1,000 origami crane peace messages on display in the church to the Peace Bell outside the United Nations building in New York. He will then take them on to ‘Ground Zero’ – the memorial at the site of the ‘Twin Towers’ – before returning the wing tips to Harleston for a ceremonry to mark Peace Day on 21 September.

‘Taking the wing tips to such symbolic places in New York is a small but powerful way to unite our community’s hopes and wishes for local harmony and international peace with peoples across the globe’, said Mrs Pat Webb, President of Harlestonand District Rotary Club.

The Peace Bell, cast from coins sent by children from all over the world, was donated by Japan to the United Nations in 1954.