Rockford Interfaith Council celebrates the installation of three Peace Poles in all three Buddhist Temples in Rockford this Sunday, August 2.
The ceremonies are free and open to the public. All three of these Peace Poles are donated by the family of Meena and Kanwal Prashar.
Today the poles have been dedicated with special ceremonies to mark the occasion.
The first ceremony was at 10:00 a.m. at Ratanaram Buddhist Temple, 4502 35th Street and Linden Road 61109. The host monk there is Ashin Sudhamma.
At noon, a ceremony was held at the Vietnamese Buddhist Temple at 518 15th Ave. 61104, with Ven. Thich Phouc Tri hosting.
At 2:00 p.m. the final ceremony took place at Pothikaran Lao Buddhist Temple at 6925 South Mulford Road.
The Peace Poles are a popular way of expressing peace in the world. Usually, the poles have the word "Peace" inscribed in at least four or more languages on the different sides, then placed on a public or private land. There are more than 30 peace poles in and around Rockford.
The Rockford Interfaith Council, made up of over 20 different religious faith organizations, has assisted with the arrangements for these special occasions.