Pöttmes, is a little town in Swabia, Southern Germany. The town has a wonderful Peace Pole Planted 2015, this serves as a reminder that the locals are aware of the message:
“MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH”.
The World Peace Prayer Society’s Peace Pals International Art Competition will be on display until Christmas in Pöttmes, Germany.
Translation: “Children make for Peace.” This year children from around the World created what “Living Peace” meant to them in the form of Beautiful Artwork.
The Cultural Representative of the townhall, Baroness Von Herman, saw the World Peace Prayer Society’s 2018 Peace Pals International Art Competition and suggested that an exhibition in the local townhall be inaugurated.
The Baroness recommended for this showing to begin on November 7th. This is the week that Germany celebrates a series of events to remember the end of World War I in 1918.
Baroness Von Herman had already planned a showing of an award winning film regarding a love affair based in 1918 between two enemies of war, France and Germany.
While planning the festivities for this week of rememberance she discovered The World Peace Prayer Society’s 2018 Peace Pals Artwork themed “Living Peace and felt the display would be a perfect fit into the nights events.
WPPS could present the reasons why we have been organizing this Art Competition since 1997 and could read an email by one of the German finalists, 10 year old Aimee Vollmer. Aimee very eloquently pointed out why she painted 2 people holding their hearts.
The Mayor of Pöttmes, Mr Schindele, pointed out the current conflicts for real Peace and how happy he is about the Twintown relation with La Haye-Pesnel, Normandy.
A twintown relation, twinning or sister city is a way that Europe is unifying and celebrating cultures from various places. The modern concept of town twinning, conceived after the Second World War in 1947, was intended to foster friendship and understanding between different cultures and between former foes as an act of Peace and reconciliation. Per “the Origins of Twinning” Meeting Minutes from Twinning counsel.
Pöttmes gave their French Twintown a Peace Pole two years ago. How fitting to give a symbol of Peace such as a Peace Pole to celebrate a wonderful cause.
Ein Band zwischen den beiden Friedenspfählen knüpften die Bürgermeister Franz Schindele und Alain Navarre
A bond between the two Peace Poles knüpften the Mayor Franz Schindele and Alain Navarre
The vernissage received many appreciative comments by the guests and the exhibition can be viewed until Christmas.
News and Photographs provided by:
Dagmar Berkenberg of
WPPS Office Europe