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WC Observes International Day of Peace

Garrison: Displays Intended to Make People Think About Peace

September 21, 2012

Lights twinkling in the midst of a river lined with colorful lanterns of hope in the Quaker Heritage Center represent efforts commencing throughout the world in support of peace and nonviolent solutions to conflict.

Lights twinkling in the midst of a river lined with colorful lanterns of hope in the Quaker Heritage Center represent efforts commencing throughout the world in support of peace and nonviolent solutions to conflict.

Junior Isaac Garrison recalls looking through Wilmington College yearbooks from the 1960s and 70s when many students, faculty and staff joined in candlelight vigils calling for an end to the Vietnam War.

With those images in mind, he placed lights throughout the Quaker Heritage Center in support of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, which is being observed worldwide today (Sept. 21). The global commemoration calls for a cessation of hostilities and a moment to pause and think about nonviolent solutions to wars and other conflicts.

Garrison is a junior from Eldora, Iowa, majoring in communications with a minor in peace studies.
He led a campus effort to observe the International Day of Peace that includes colored chalk messages on sidewalks and photos on sticks throughout campus depicting national and local demonstrations for peace.

Witness John Lennon proclaiming “Give Peace a Chance” and Gandhi walking miles in support of peace, as well as photos of campus vigils and marches secured from the yearbooks.

“People at our school really do care about peace and that’s important to me,” he said. “I wanted to do a few small things that might make people think about peace.”

Moments of silence will be held prior to the start of the evening’s volleyball match between the Wilmington and Earlham College Quakers, as well as prior to the concert on the mall featuring the band Lissa & Company.

“Peace is one of the foundations of our College,” he added.