Tyler Sister Cities Installs First Peace Pole in Rose Garden
The Peace Pole, which displays the message "May Peace Prevail on Earth,” highlights the international cities that have established formal collaborations with Tyler.
"There are tens of thousands of Peace Poles in 180 countries all over the world," said Dr. Teresa Kennedy, Tyler Sister Cities President. "The tradition began in Japan in 1955 with Masahisa Goi.
The pole stands approximately six feet high, lists all six Tyler Sister Cities, points in the direction of each country represented,and provides the distance one would have to travel to reach each city.
“In essence, the pole serves as a geography lesson for everyone who visits it,” added Kennedy. “Tyler Sister Cities is a non-profit citizen diplomacy network dedicated to creating partnerships between Tyler and cities around the world.”
Sister Cities International, of which Tyler Sister Cities is a member, was initiated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a diplomacy project in 1956. Today, Sister Cities International represents over 2,400 communities involved with 130 countries around the world.
Tyler Sister Cities began in 1982 through efforts of former UT Tyler President Dr. George Hamm. Since that time, Tyler has “twinned” with five sister cities, and a sixth city will be added in June.
Tyler’s Sister Cities include Yachiyo City, Japan; Jelenia Gora, Poland; Liberia, Costa Rica; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Lo Barnechea, Chile; and our future Sister City Qujing, China.
“Collaborations with our sister cities has created an atmosphere in which economic development and trade can be developed, implemented and strengthened for the City of Tyler,” stated Councilman Linda Sellers who took part in the installation representing the City of Tyler.
"Being a part of Tyler Sister Cities encourages people to interact with others in their own community and around the world," added Indre Pemberton, Secretary of Tyler Sister Cities. "The better we understand each other, the fewer conflicts we will have. It's baby steps towards world peace."
The city is planning to raise more peace poles around the city, as funding allows. Contact Russ Jackson, City of Tyler Director of Parks & Recreation, firstname.lastname@example.org, for information about how your business can fund the installation of additional Peace Polls in the City of Tyler.