April 26, 2022 Live from the road

Warrenton, VA - Dillsburg, PA

Reported by Dhavala Stott, Varunavi Klabníková 57.0 mi

Our first stop was at the Middleburg Montessori School. Running through the grassy fields with fresh dew gave the children a lot of joy.

Mahasatya and Homagni were asked for an encore at the end of their slow motion race skit which gives an example of non-peaceful behaviour.

The teacher Cassie Slater led the Peace Train around the school grounds. We were impressed at how well the students kept an orderly line behind their teacher.

The painting given to the school as a gift got a very enthusiastic reception from the kids, describing it as "fascinating and impressive".

We stopped in Gettysburg to share the Peace Torch with Abraham Lincoln.
Sri Chinmoy, the founder of the Peace Run wrote these words about Lincoln:
"He had the gift to dream of union,
the courage and capacity to fight,
the confidence to win,
the patience that knew no flagging."

The Gettysburg Address, the famous speech by Abraham Lincoln is engraved on this column under the statue. It was delivered on the battlefield at Gettsburg on November 19th, 1863 during the American Civil War.

When these ladies met us on the road, they already knew about the Peace Run since they had read an article about us in the newspapers in the morning. They were very enthusiastic and offered their generous hospitality in the future.

Running through the historic battlefields, we keep dreaming and praying for world peace.

Mahasatya also had an encounter with Abraham Lincoln.

Gettysburg Montessori School was ready to welcome the Peace Run and they did so with great enthusiasm, amazing artwork and open hearts.

We ran into the school with all the students who were waiting for us at the entrance. Since it started to rain, we moved inside and had 2 ceremonies for different grades of students.

The students spent a lot of time preparing their beautiful artwork which we were happy to take with us.

The school has a monthly display of artwork on a different theme and the current theme is: "Together we can change the world."

Another skit, this time showing harmonious behavior.

Learning the World Harmony Run song with actions.

The youngest students also had beautiful roses which they gifted to the team.

The teachers ran a couple of laps around the hall and got a thunderous applause from the students.

Older students created a very impressive continuous banner of artwork.

We were happy to spend some extra time at the school to have the older students run outside with us.

We had a nice meeting with Mayor Michael O'Connor at City Hall in Frederick, MD. Thank You for your support.

Curt Warner from the Dillsburg Banner came out to meet us as we ran into Dillsburg, PA.

Torch carried by
Arpan DeAngelo (United States), Dhavala Stott (Great Britain), Eva Paradise (Czech Republic), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Homagni Baptista (Australia), Mahasatya Janczak (Poland), Marina Pak (Russia), Natabara Rollosson (United States), Nikolaus Drekonja (Austria), Rotraud Scheiderbauer (Austria), Salil Wilson (Australia), Varunavi Klabníková (Slovakia), Virangini Afzal (United States).  
Photographers
Eva Paradise, Harita Davies, Salil Wilson, Virangini Afzal
The torch has travelled 57.0 mi from Warrenton, VA to Dillsburg, PA.

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