Springfield’s Rotary clubs collaborated to place Peace Poles in five parks, each bearing the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in eight languages.
Rotary Club of Springfield – Downtown, in partnership with Rotary District 6080, sponsored this pole and surrounding garden, serving as a gathering space and an accessible gateway to the Peace Through People Pavilion.
Languages on this Peace Pole include English, Japanes, Frech, Spanish, Italian, Chin, Pashto and Osage, as well as a Braille plaque. These languages represent Native Americans in the Ozarks as well as immigrants to Missouri, and Springfield's Sister Cities in Japan and Mexico.
Plantings include topiary boxwood hedge, a symbol of longevity and eternal life; sage, a symbol of wisdom and other plants selected for cheerful, long-lasting flowers and easy maintenance.
The Rotary Peace Pole and Garden was dedicated June 20, 2023.