Church dedicates Peace Pole
In June The River Falls United Methodist Church celebrated Peace with Justice Sunday by dedicating a Peace Pole, a six-foot tall, six-sided granite pole just south of the church's steeple. The words "May Peace Prevail on Earth" are inscribed in 12 languages or formats: Latin, music, English, German, French, sign language, Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Korean and Lakota Sioux. In 1955 Masahisa Goi, a Japanese poet and philosopher, erected a peace pole at Hiroshima in response to the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. More than 200,000 Peace Poles have been erected in more than 180 countries. The River Falls Peace Pole was dedicated to the Rev. Richard Truitt, who served the River Falls United Methodist Church from 1961-1970 and died Jan. 5, 2011. Truitt served on the UMC General Board of Church and Society, was chairperson of that board's Division on World Peace and was a key reason the church holds an annual Peace with Justice Sunday. Truitt's son, Peter (pictured), participated in the June 3 dedication.