Pondering Peace ~ Lest We Forget

St Vital Park Peace Pole.
A Peace Pole dedicated in a popular Winnipeg park.

Today is Remembrance Day, here in Canada. It’s a day to reflect on the lessons that we’ve learned from war, especially since World War I; to remember and honour the sacrifices that were made by so many so that we may live in freedom; and to consider the suffering that conflicts are still causing in modern times.   The hope is that, in remembering all of these things, we will continue to work toward a more peaceful world.

In these times, it seems especially important to take a moment to pause and remember.

St Vital Peace Pole.
Peace Poles can be found in more than 180 countries to promote peace, understanding, and goodwill.

I took a walk in a popular Winnipeg park today, where a Peace Pole was dedicated in 2015.  Have you heard of these?  The inscription explains that they are “found in over 180 countries to promote peace, understanding, and goodwill.”

This Peace Pole was added to a beautiful little garden in the park that, in the summer, radiates colours and delightful fragrances.  Since it’s November, many of the flowers and plant life around the pole lie dormant amongst the evergreens, waiting to bloom again in the spring. A fitting symbol of life, perserverence and hope.

“LEST WE FORGET”

 

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A little down the the main road in St Vital, we see the Red River through more November trees.
A little down the park’s main road, we see the Red River through more November trees.

In the meantime, in the nearby pond, all sorts of birds gathered to prepare for their autumn  migrations.  It felt good to pause and reflect, as I watched with interest how the animals in nature – ducks, geese, and seagulls – managed to share this space in the park.

Seagull flying takeoff, ducks and geese, in St Vital Pond.

St Vital Park, ducks and a seagull on the pond.
Ducks and a seagull.

Pond at St Vital Park on Remembrance Day.

May we humans continue to learn how to treat each other, our planet, and all life on it with empathy and compassion.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” 

~Martin Luther King Jr.

The pond at St Vital Park.
Long shadows at noon in November.
November in St Vital park, long shadows on the pond.
November shadows on the pond.

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img_4351A little down St Vital park's main road, we see the Red River through more November trees.

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Carina Spring

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14 thoughts on “Pondering Peace ~ Lest We Forget”

  1. I hadn’t also heard of Peace Poles before. Tried to find out whether we have these in Estonia too, but couldn’t find a sign about them. I agree with you that they are beautiful idea.

    Your pictures of waterbirds remind me the park I used to visit when I was younger. There were also ponds, where (mostly) ducks lived. In my memory it was always chilly but sunny autumn day, like in your pictures (I know it’s chilly there, I googled 😉 )

    The totem pole is also great.

    Have a nice day, Carina! 🙂

    1. Hi Hanna, it was lovely to hear about your memories of the water birds and pond that you used to visit. I am glad that the photos connected with you in that way. Thanks for your comments about the peace poles, too – I enjoyed reading. Thanks for the visit and take good care. 🙂

  2. Beautiful post – both pictures and words. I’d not heard of peace poles before. Sadly the older I get the less faith I have in us to grow and learn from our past wars, but still I hope xx

    1. Thank you, Bekki. Believe me, I understand how you feel. Still, if goodwill is there in the part of enough people, there is hope that things can be better, and that we will continue to learn and improve. I guess it is a continuous path, and I just hope for more awareness, empathy. Xo

  3. Beautiful pictures and post! Believe it or not, we have a peace pole in little Winthrop, Maine—population 6,000. It was erected in memory of a town resident, Tom Sturtevant, who had dedicated his life to promoting peace. I even worked on the peace-pole committee.

    1. Wow! That is really an interesting coincidence- even the fact that you worked on the committee. I think that Peace Poles are such a beautiful idea. There is a beautiful symbolic power in their presence. I didn’t know our Peace Pole was there until last spring.: One evening, when I decided to go for a walk in that park, I remember noticing it from some distance. I walked over to it and stopped to admire it, and to consider what it represented for a moment. Maybe it sounds silly, but honestly an uplifting feeling of hope and connectedness washed over me as I looked at it. I bet your Peace Pole has brought that feeling of peace to some other walkers-by who have chance upon it. Have a great day, Laurie.

      1. Hi Jodie! There is a real power in that simple Peace Pole, I agree! How wonderful- please do let us know if you ever dedicate one, I would love to hear about that. Thanks for the visit, and take care.

  4. What a beautiful post Carina, I love all the nature pics of the birds. It is Veteran’s Day here in the U.S. and we are celebrating our military veterans. I’ve not heard of a Peace Pole but how wonderful that you have one in Winnipeg. These November scenes are breath taking. Wishing you a peaceful weekend my friend!

    1. Thank you, Allie. Yesterday I went to a beautiful Remembrance Day school assembly, it was very touching. Really, that is who this holiday honours at heart – The veterans and the sacrifices that were made. Take care, and thank you for the comment.

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