United States 23 April: Washington D.C.
A Magical Day in Washington D.C.
Today we visited the Oneness-Family School – a school we have been visiting since it’s foundation in 1989. The school is truly amazing and true to its name you can feel the family atmosphere there. When we played the “guess the country game” with the kids, where they have to guess which countries are the team members from, they guessed Czech Republic just from a Czech tongue twister!!!
We were welcomed by a group of children singing our World Harmony Run Song accompanied on instruments. Then we all observed a moment of silence and our presentation could start.
The program ended up with a song composed by the founder and director of the Oneness-Family School, Andrew Atmatyagi Kutt called “Peace by Peace”. It was sung by the students and everyone present.
The first verse goes like this:
Some folks say they don’t believe
This world can be made right
That humanity is violent
And always going to fight
But once upon a time
People thought the world was flat
That you’d fall off of the edge
And somehow just go splat!
After that we all went outside and everyone got a chance to hold the torch and have their picture taken.
The whole Peace Run Team with the director of the school. Oneness-Family School is also called International Peace Academy. How very fitting.
The runners were then escorted for a tour of the school – we were all impressed by their classrooms and their way of learning – e.g. in the classroom of 3 years olds you could read on the board about Turkey – the capital and highest mountain. No wonder the kids guessed all our countries so easily!!
Next we attended a tree planting ceremony. The day was really perfect for this, as well as the location. The Tregaron Conservancy is a beautiful and large green park right in the heart of Washington. The tree that was selected was a Yoshino Cherry Tree, which is a beautifully blossoming tree. Bonnie Le Pard, the executive director of Tregaron Conservancy, was the main instrument for establishing this conservancy. She very kindly welcomed the runners and said she was very happy we have chosen the Tregaron Conservancy for our peace tree.
This ceremony was also attended by some of the children we visited earlier. They read out poems on peace...
Everyone had a chance to put soil around the tree while thinking some peaceful thoughts or having a peace wish.
The plaque says:
Sri Chinmoy Peace Tree
A moment’s peace can and shall
Make the world beautiful.
We had more time to talk to the kids and were very happy to hear that some of them would really like to join out Peace Team in the future.
They promised next time they would definitely run with us. We are looking forward to that very much.
After this ceremony the team ran 6 miles to Thomas Jefferson Memorial. We were accompanied by our very good friend Suprabha, an ultramarathon runner, who ran the Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile Race an unbelievable 13 times!!
It was really special for us to visit Thomas Jefferson Memorial. He is such a great example of a peace lover and peace server.
For the night we were very happy to stay at the home of one of our team members– thank you Phaedra!!
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