The Town of Richmond Hill unveiled a “Peace Pole” monument, with inscriptions in four different languages including Farsi, outside the front of Richmond Hill Central Library last week.
The monument, representing the commitment the Town has made to peace in recent years, was presented to Mayor David Barrow by the Richmond Hill Rotary Club last October and was put up on Nov. 12.
The monument stands roughly ten feet high with a plaque placed by its base. The plaque, titled Peace Pole Project, explains when and where the monument was presented and also quotes the International Rotary Club’s 2012-2013 theme of “Peace Through Service.”
The hand-crafted monument, with the inscription “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in four different languages (Farsi, Russian, English and Chinese) was erected at Richmond Hill Central Library, which is situated at 1 Atkinson St., on the corner of Yonge St. and Major Mackenzie Dr..
According to the Statistics Canada 2006 Census, Farsi is the third most common mother tongue in Richmond Hill, behind English and Cantonese.
To help commemorate the Peace Pole, ten trees will also be planted in Africa.