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September 16, 2009: Officials proclaim Day of Peace and recognize courageous firefighters

During the Tuesday, September 15, City Commission meeting, officials proclaimed September 21, 2009 as International Day of Peace here in Coral Springs.

To recognize International Day of Peace, the City is hosting multiple celebrations for a Weekend of Peace. The first event on Friday, September 18 is the traditional morning celebration, which includes music, art and planting of Pinwheels for Peace beginning at 7:45 a.m. at the International Peace Garden outside the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive.

On Saturday, September 19, participate in a silent walk for peace starting at 7 a.m. at the Peace Garden. The 20-minute walk is meant to be a reflection and meditation on peace in our homes, communities and nation. A Drum Circle for Peace will be held at 6 p.m. also at the Peace Garden. This event brings people of all ages, races and religions together. Participants are encouraged to bring drums, tambourines, shakers, cowbells or any instrument that can drum, rattle or shake. Attendees are also asked to bring something to sit on.

Then on Sunday, September 20, people of all faiths are invited to participate in A Diversity Dialogue: Pathways to Peace starting at 2:30 p.m. in the Northwest Regional Library, 3151 N. University Drive. This is a relaxed conversation about peace in a talk show format with expert panelists. Later at 7 p.m., everyone is invited to attend Praying for Peace, a nondenominational gathering of people of all faiths as they reflect upon and pray for peace, in silence. This event will be at the Royal Palm Christian Church, 9600 Royal Palm Blvd.

“The purpose of this proclamation is to recognize some members of the Multi-Cultural Committee and One Planet United, who have been in the forefront in promoting peace in our community. As it is often said, if we don’t have peace in our hearts and in our homes and in our communities, we don’t have a chance of affecting peace in far away places. Thank you all for what you do,” Commissioner Claudette Bruck said.

Admission is free for all events. The Coral Springs Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee and One Planet United are the joint hosts of the Weekend of Peace events. For more information, call 954-344-1063 or visit

The City Commission also took the opportunity to recognize three Coral Springs firefighters for their assisting the victim of an accident on the Turnpike back in February. Before the arrival of the Deerfield Beach Fire units, Rescue Lieutenant Christopher Struss, Rescue Lieutenant Robert Neal and Firefighter/Paramedic John McCarthy risked their personal safety while off-duty to ensure the safety of those that were involved in the accident. Each of them received an Award of Appreciation for their courageous efforts.

“In 25 years of Fire service, this rescue amazes me. I think they’ve done an outstanding job and they set a great example for the City,” Fire Chief Mark Curran.

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