|Peacemakers On The Scene|
International Human Rights Day Walk And Prayer Vigil - Dec, 2003
Peacemakers and friends from greater Cincinnati gathered once again
for a candle light prayer vigil in solidarity with others
around the world on International Human Rights Day. While
many other activities took place in the greater Cincinnati
area these folks, all Peacemakers, met at Little Turtle
monument in Covington Kentucky to begin a walk to the
International Peace Bell in Newport Kentucky. Little Turtle
monument is the traditional starting point for the Run
For Freedom as well as the first annual Candle Light Prayer
Vigil on International Human Rights Day last year.
We had a special visitor this year. Brother NorthStar of One People One Earth who is on his way to Costa Rica stopped at Peace Hostel Amelia for a visit and a little rest and recuperation and joined the walk and the vigil.
The walk commenced to the Peace Bell with Brother NorthStar leading the way holding high the One People One Earth Flag. At our arrival we where greeted by Katheryn, Katrina and Vanessa who where very special new participants in this years vigil.
We gathered in circle and began our ceremony with a special prayer for our friend Tim Krause who was at the very moment undergoing an operation. Tim is a peacemaker in his own right and a very close friend of Jon Blickenstaff.
After this prayer we talked about our purpose for being there on this cold night in December and Brother NorthStar treated us by singing the powerful Black National Anthem to close the circle.
When then enjoyed each others companionship and caught up a little bit on family news and happenings. Katrina sang a song that she had been taught in kindergarten. The title to the song is "The Peace Song" and the chorus goes like this:
One song for all of us
One song will bring us peace
One song can make a miracle for all of us
A song of peace
She hid behind one of the pillars while she sang the song because she was just a little bit bashful. It was wonderful and inspiring to hear these words from someone so young. It gives us all hope for the future.