All our gratitude to Americas Best Value Inn, Baltimore, for accommodating our entire team for the night!
This morning we visited a very special school called the Oneness-Family School in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
An appropriate sign for this peace-loving school.
It was a glorious day as springtime has finally arrived.
Salil Wilson, Executive Director of the Peace Run, is greeted by Andrew A. Kutt, Executive Director of the Oneness-Family School.
Andrew greeted some of the other runners personally as well. Samunnati is on our women's team and is a great runner.
Many staff members of the school gladly held the torch before the start of the formal ceremonies.
Pierre shares a quiet moment with a friend.
The women's team were competing for a good seat.
We finally made it to the auditorium where we presented our program.
The children and staff gladly participated in our songs. They also had beautiful songs to sing for us.
Our Mongolian runner, Sarankhuu, gets a chuckle out of some of us.
Andrew accepts the Peace Run Torch-Bearer Award, presented to people who have worked hard to bring about peace and freindship in their community and the world at large.
On our tour of the school we enjoyed seeing beautiful artwork from the students and teachers.
We then enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by the Oneness-Family School on a beautiful day.
After our lunch we had some time to visit the Jefferson Memorial in downtown Washington, D.C.
The Washington Monument looms large in the background.
Thomas Jefferson, our third President and one of the most important Founding Fathers of the U.S.A. stands tall in his regal and spacious Memorial building.
Our women's team is led by Samunnati, our champion runner.
On the way to the FDR Memorial we made some friends
We were so proud to stand alongside Eleanor Roosevelt
She seemed happy to hold our torch ;)
With the great Franklin D Roosevelt
Later that day we ran into the John Eaton After School Program in Washington, D.C.
We were welcomed by lots of excited children and beautiful artwork on the theme of Peace.
THe staff and children alike were eager to participate in our program of songs and games.
Dietra Rogers, Director of the After School Program, and one of her staff share the torch and make a wish for peace. We are very grateful to her and the staff for making this happen along with our local coordinator, Suprabha Beckjord.
...and run. Suprabha, from D.C., carries the torch and leads the children, and Salil, around the block for a mini-Peace Run.
All the children became Peace runners who will most likely insure that peace happens now and in the future.
After our busy day we finally visited Suprabha's Gift Shop in D.C. called 'Transcendence Perfection-Bliss of the Beyond'. We are very grateful to her and all of those who made our stay and our experiences in Washington, D.C. a very pleasant and memorable one.
Torch carried by Akbota Jumabayeva(Kazakhstan),
Arpan DeAngelo(United States),
Harita Davies(New Zealand),
The torch has travelled