United States 10 July: Winona, MN - Richland Center, WI
Crossing the Mississippi River
We are very grateful for the Courtyard Marriott for hosting our whole team with spacious and comfortable rooms here in this idyllic spot next to the Mississippi River.
With a scenic view of the mighty Mississippi River and one of the many bridges which cross it, our RV served as an perfect kitchen to prepare our meals.
Andrew Hunt and his son Drew were staying at the same hotel in La Crosse, Wisconsin and were excited about the Peace Run. They were very kind and supportive and were happy to share the Peace Torch with us. They hope to meet up with us again in Chicago soon.
Even though the scenery is quite natural and attractive, we still have to deal with the sometimes noisy and busy truck and car traffic while carrying the Peace Torch.
While we were waiting for the children to gather inside, we had a number of interviews with a local TV station and newspaper.
Kshema from Ukraine leads the team in to a very enthusiastic welcoming committee of very excited children.
We offer our presentation to them as we usually do with guessing games, silent moments of peace, songs and passing the Peace Torch.
Salil presents our Certificate of Appreciation to a suprised and happy P.J. Halverson, the Site Director, who so kindly welcomed us this very nice Boys and Girls Club.
Two of the children kindly display a colorful reproduction of a painting on World Harmony, by the Founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy.
These next few images of the children passing the Peace Torch and thinking some positive thoughts and wishes for peace are self explanatory. Their reactions and expressions are invaluable and are the main reason we run far and wide to share in spreading peace.
Some of the children were excited to welcome Jake Erickson, the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse.
We are so happy that Mr. Erickson was able to show up here towards the end of our program and share some of these precious moments with us.
In the meantime Nikolas was inspired to run a long 18 mile run today from LaCrosse out into the countryside towards Richland Center.
Banshidhar is also on that team as he also enjoys the scenery and running on the grass whenever he can.
The final few meters were quite colorful and patriotic.
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At our final endpoint we stopped by the American Legion, Post 13, and met one of the veterans, Dave, who happily shared the Peace Torch with us. All of the veterans that we meet along the way on our journey around North American are usually staunch supporters of peace. Many have seen the suffering that comes through war and conflicts when some people are not peaceful and respectful of others around them.