Richland College Path for Peace

Peace Pole Dedications

Richland College plants one peace pole each April as part of the Intercultural Festival celebration. The peace poles are made of western red cedar which has a natural resistance to decay and insect attack. The messages are on plexiglas plaques. When planted they are about 6 ½ feet tall. The message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” is written in English on one side and in three other languages, one per side.

  1. First Pole: Spanish, Swahili, Vietnamese, English
  2. Second Pole: Chinese, French, Navajo, English
  3. Third Pole: Philipino, Portuguese, Russian, English
  4. Fourth Pole: Japanese, German, Arabic, English
  5. Fifth Pole: Italian, Zulu, Urdu, English
  6. Sixth Pole: Hindi, Korean, Swedish, English
  7. Seventh Pole: Greek, Somali, Thai, and English
  8. Eighth Pole: Cherokee, Hebrew, Serbo-Croatian, and English
  9. Ninth Pole: Creole, Czech, Norwegian, and English
  10. Tenth Pole: Finnish, Sign Language, Ukrainian, and English
  11. Eleventh Pole: Dutch, Hopi, Yiddish, and English
  12. Twelfth Pole: Aramaic, Danish, Hmong, and English
  13. Thirteenth Pole: Pole Farsi, Malay, Polish, and English
  14. Fourteenth Pole: Amharic, Lithuanian, Nepalese, and English
  15. Fifteenth Pole: Bengali, Turkish, Wolof, and English
  16. Sixteenth Pole: Hausa, Kurdish, Mongolian, and English
  17. Seventeenth Pole: Cambodian, Magyar, Tigrinya, and English
  18. Eighteenth Pole: Estonian, Māori, Pashto, and English
  19. Nineteenth Pole: Gujarati, Igbo, Kpelewo, and English
  20. Twentieth Pole: Dinka, Indonesian, Romanian, and English
  21. Twenty-first Pole: Animal Prints, Braille/English, Fulani, Tamil
  22. Twenty-second Pole: Albanian, Kirundi, Tagalog
  23. Twenty-third Pole: Guarani, Hawaiian, Uzbek, and English
  24. Twenty-fourth Pole: Kyrgyz, Telugu, and Yoruba
  25. Twenty-fifth Pole: Lao, Lingala, and Turkmen

Over 200,000 peace poles are planted in more than 200 countries around the world. Peace poles have been purchased and planted by elementary school children, college students, and civic and religious groups. You will find a peace pole at the magnetic North Pole, the Pyramids of El Giza in Egypt, Confucius Burial Site in Taiwan, Gorky Park in Russia, the Allenby Bridge on the border between Israel and Jordan, and the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan.

The Peace Pole Project was started by the World Peace Prayer Society, a nonprofit, member-supported, non-sectarian organization. Founded in Japan in 1955 by Masahisa Goi, the Society has its world headquarters in New York City, and is recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization associated with the Department of Public Information at the United Nations.

Alphabetical Order of Languages:

  • Albanian
  • Amharic
  • Animal Prints
  • Arabic
  • Aramaic
  • Bengali
  • Braille
  • Cambodian
  • Cherokee
  • Chinese
  • Creole
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dinka
  • English
  • Estonian
  • Farsi
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Fulani
  • German
  • Greek
  • Guarani
  • Gujarati
  • Hausa
  • Hawaiian
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hmong
  • Hopi
  • Igbo
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kirundi
  • Korean
  • Kpelewo
  • Kurdish
  • Kyrgyz
  • Lao
  • Lingala
  • Lithuanian
  • Magyar
  • Malay
  • Maori
  • Mongolian
  • Navajo
  • Nepalese
  • Norwegian
  • Pashto
  • Pilipino
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Sign Language
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Thai
  • Tigrinya
  • Turkish
  • Turkmen
  • Ukrainian
  • Urdu
  • Uzbek
  • Vietnamese
  • Wolof
  • Yiddish
  • Yoruba
  • Zulu