Activists Fly Flags to Mark Peace Day

September 24, 2007

Author: Richard C. Dujardin

Source: The Providence Journal

Monks in saffron robes, Sikhs, Hindus and Jewish and Christian clergy along with scores of others drawn by thoughts of peace held a silent and meditative walk past fluttering flags and through the gardens of the South Side Community Land Trust yesterday in what is becoming an annual tradition.

The silent walk, led by Joanne Friday, who is a Dharma teacher and the Buddhist chaplain at the University of Rhode Island, was part of a two-hour program of flag making, face painting, and drumming organized by the Peace Flag Project and the American Friends Service Committee to help celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace.

Although the day has been celebrated on most years on Sept. 21, one of the Rhode Island co-organizers, Virginia Fox, said the celebration here was pushed back two days this year to accommodate the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur.