May 9, 2024 Live from the road

Sulligent, AL - Tupelo, MS

Reported by Santiva Morrison 53.0 mi

The men's team stayed at the Turtle Lodge Campground  & RV which was donated. We appreciate the generosity provided which helps us tremendously to continue our journey in North America sharing this very important message of peace and oneness. Campground host, Mark Bishop, holding peace torch.

Arpan made a new friend at the campground. Here sharing the peace torch with Brendan.

The women's team stayed at the Best Western in New Albany, MS. where one room was donated and the other discounted. Thank you very much for your kindness.

The staff at the Best Western enthusiastically holding the peace torch.

The women's team were the first ones to start running this morning.

Even though it was hot and humid, we were still joyful to be on the road running.

Uugna starting her miles

Go Mananya!

Happiness and joy on the road.

Meanwhile, the men's team getting ready to start their miles.

Pransukh running in the heat. Way to go!

Jozsef and Arpan meeting new friends on the road.

We finally made it to the state border to Mississippi. We were delighted to run along Magnolia trees along the way. So beautiful, all blooming with their gorgeous flowers.

Meeting more friends along the way.

After we were finished with our miles, we arrived in Tupelo, MS. where the famous singer Elvis Presley was born.  We visited the museum where they have the house where Elvis lived as a child and the church where his parents brought him to worship.  He lived in Tupelo until he was 13 yrs old, then his parents moved to Memphis, TN.

Uugna with the statue of Elvis when he was 13 yrs old.

We also went to visit Johnnies's Drive In, the restaurant that Elvis used to visit as a child. We sat at his favorite booth in the diner.  We would like to thank Mananya for treating the women's team with delicious milkshakes and fries.

We all signed the guest book letting them know that the Peace Run was there.

Salil found the hardware store where Elvis bought his first guitar on January 8, 1946 he was only 11 yrs old. He  would later designate Rock and Roll.

The X on the hardwood floor marks the spot where Elvis bought his first guitar.

It was time to go to our first ceremony of the day to visit Tupelo City Hall.

Mr. Travis Beard, City Council Ward 3, enthusiastically greets our Executive Director, Salil Wilson and the rest of the team. He also offered a beautiful, soulful prayer wishing for our safety and our message of peace to be delivered to the world at large.

Meeting with city officials inside City Hall.

Singing the Peace Run Theme song to city official. The song was written and composed by founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy.

Mr. Scott Costello, Director of Communications, holding the peace torch.

Mr. Don Lewis, Chief of Operations Officer, holding the peace torch and receiving a certificate of appreciation.

We would like to offer our gratitude to city officials in Tupelo, MS for their heartfelt welcome to their city.  We will bring with us their well wishes and prayers to share with the rest of North America in our journey.

Having a little fun in the park before departing to our next ceremony at the Boys and Girls Club.

Couldn't resist not saying Hello to Elvis in the park.

Our last ceremony of the day at Tupelo Boys and Girls Club.

Running into the ceremony.

Santiva sharing with them an exercise how to feel more peaceful within, in the heart. When you feel peace, then you are ready to spread peace.

Finding the countries where runners come from.

They did a great job doing the actions for the World Harmony Run song. Bravo!

The girls team showing kindness through our skits.  Peace means being kind to others.

They did beautiful art work and poems expressing their hopes and dreams for a better more peaceful world.  Thank you for sharing with us!

Some friends read what peace means to them.  We were all inspired by their amazing thoughts, dreams and wishes for a better world.  Thank you for sharing!

Time for their counselors to have fun running with the peace torch around the gym.

Candace, who coordinated the visit for the Peace Run with students, receives a certificate of appreciation from the team. Thank you for all your hard work!

Director of the Boys and Girls Club in Northern Mississippi, Tonny Oliver, receives a painting of World Harmony by  founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy.

After our ceremony we headed outside to share the torch and give the opportunity for the students to make their own wish for world peace.

The fun continued following the peace train. Everybody loves it and its fun for the kids when our teammate Arpan makes the sound of the locomotive with his harmonica.  All aboard!!!

Peace bridge is always fun as well.

Thank you so much for having us. We really enjoyed being at your Boys and Girls Club. We are very grateful to everyone for sharing your thoughts, dreams and aspirations for a better more peaceful world. We were very inspired by all of you and will carry those inspirations with us with our peace torch to the rest of North America and the world at large.

Torch carried by
Arpan DeAngelo (United States), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Jozsef Dicso (Hungary), Mananya Galante (United States), Pransukh Marks (United States), Puroga Theobald (Hungary), Salil Wilson (Australia), Santiva Morrison (United States), Uugantsetseg Otgonbayar (Mongolia), Virangini Afzal (United States).  
Arpan DeAngelo, Harita Davies, Jozsef Dicso, Mananya Galante, Salil Wilson, Virangini Afzal
The torch has travelled 53.0 mi from Sulligent, AL to Tupelo, MS.

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