MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 – Students and staff at Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Léonard will celebrate Peace Day on Friday, September 21 with a variety of exciting all-day events. The theme of this year’s Peace Day celebration is “PLAY.”
To show support for the Global Truce 2012 campaign, Laurier Macdonald has organized a marathon eight-hour soccer tournament called the “Forever Game. Teams will play continuously from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. to symbolize what children in conflict areas around the world would do if they could enjoy just one full day of peace: they would just keep playing.
In addition to this special soccer event, students will also have the opportunity to celebrate Peace Day by watching live bands, participating in an all-day “Peace Dance,” engaging in creative peace-related activities, and learning about the value of peace during their daily classes.
Peace Day is an annual event unanimously recognized by United Nations member states as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. Every year, on Sept. 21, aid workers can safely deliver essential food and medical supplies to innocent people living in conflict areas. For combatants, it is a day of reflection. For those living in conflict areas, it is a brief window of freedom and celebration.
Since 2007, 4.5 million children have benefitted from polio vaccinations as a result of Peace Day agreements in Afghanistan. This is just one example of what can be accomplished when a ceasefire is observed for just a single day. Millions of people around the world already celebrate Peace Day and there are currently over 11,500 educators in 175 countries who are organizing school-based activities to mark this occasion. Laurier Macdonald is proud to join this growing list and invite you to come and share our celebration on Sept. 21.