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Monroe Elementary celebrates International Day of Peace

Published: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 8:38 p.m. CDT
Principal Justin Horne accompanies the Monroe Elementary Chorus at their Peace Day celebration on Thursday. (Provided photo)

HINSDALE – Monroe Elementary students, along with staff, administration and parents joined with students across the world to celebrate the International Day of Peace on Sept. 19.

“Peace Day” was established by the United Nations in 1981, and the first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982.

Sen. Kirk Dillard was in attendance and spoke to the students about being the grandson of an immigrant and told them, “you are so lucky to be growing up in a community like this one," according to a news release.

The Monroe Chorus sang “There will be Peace," accompanied by Justin Horne, Monroe’s new principal, on guitar. Poetry, a slideshow and a moment of silence followed, as Monroe staff raised a giant dove as a symbol of peace.

Monroe students prepared for the day by making pinwheels, the international symbol for Peace Day throughout the world. They will be distributed throughout the school grounds and are meant to blow winds of peace out to all the world.

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