A Peace Pole is an internationally recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire
human family, bearing the message May Peace Prevail on Earth in different languages on each
of its four sides. This universal message for World Peace was authored in 1955 by the late
Masahisa Goi of Japan, who was greatly affected by the destruction caused by World War II and
the atomic bombs which fell on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Who is sponsoring this project?
Placing peace poles in five parks within the Springfield-Greene County Park Board system is a
project of the Rotary Clubs of Springfield. Promoting peace has been a longstanding goal of
Rotary International and this Rotary Peacebuilder Initiative is an effort to bring the concept of
“Positive Peace” to the local level.
What is Positive Peace?
Peace is more than just the absence of war or violence. Positive Peace provides the foundation
for communities striving for strong economic performance, better measures of health and well-
being, higher levels of inclusiveness, and an attitude of environmental stewardship. Two of the
most important factors that contribute to Positive Peace are acceptance of the rights of others
and good relations with neighbors.
Located in the K-Park section of Jordan Valley Park, this peace pole features languages spoken by several of the largest immigrant groups that make up our community’s population. You will find the phrase “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in English, Spanish, German, Chinese (Mandarin), Vietnamese, Swahili, Russian and Arabic. Jordan Valley Park Peace Pole is sponsored by Rotary Club of Springfield Southeast.
Dan Kinney Park
Located near Betty and Bobby Allison Miracle League Ball Field. Languages on the pole include English, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, American Sign Language, Ukrainian, Hebrew and Hindi, plus a Braille plaque. This Peace Pole is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Springfield North.
Springfield Botanical Gardens
Located near the Peace Through People Pavilion in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park.Languages on the pole include English, Japanese, Spanish, French, Hakha Chin, Osage Nation, Italian and Pashto, plus a Braille plaque. This Peace Pole is part of the Rotary Peace Garden, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Springfield.