By: David J. Smith, January 4, 2015
This email letter was sent by Edward Lollis through the PJSA listserv on December 31, 2014
As you may know, I try to keep track of all peace monuments (including museums for peace) and notable peacemakers. Here is a New Year’s message about new monuments and peacemaker deaths in 2014.
(1) At least 36 new peace monuments were dedicated in 2014 (vs. 41 in 2013 and 30 in 2012) in 20 different countries. Large new museums for peace were opened in Atlanta, New York City, Warsaw, and Winnipeg. New peace bells were hung in Morokulien (Norway/Sweden), Linz (Austria), and Scranton (USA). New peace trails were created in seven European cities. And memorials to Korean “comfort women” were dedicated in five US cities. See http://peace.maripo.com/y_2014.htm for photos and descriptions of all new peace monuments.
(2) Twenty-five notable peacemakers died in 2014 (vs. 22 in 2013 and 23 in 2012). The oldest was folksinger Pete Seeger [1919-2014]. I chose to include only five of the relatively young peacemakers who were killed in Libya and Syria. See http://peace.maripo.com/p_peacemakers_deaths.htm for all peacemaker deaths since 2005.
(3) Just yesterday, I added Abduwali Ayup to my on-line file of notable peacemakers. He is a linguist & poet born in 1975 and imprisoned for operating Uighur-language schools in Xinjiang, China. Just before Christmas, I added the first identifiable peacemaker born in the 21st century — 10-year old English schoolboy Spencer Turner who designed “Football Remembers,” a monument commemorating the centennial of the Christmas Truce in Belgium. See http://peace.maripo.com/p_peacemakers.htm for 1,438 notable peacemakers in birth order.
(4) I recorded nine significant human tragedies during 2014 (vs. 12 in 2013 and five in 2012). The worst was the war in the Gaza Strip (>2,200 deaths). Three tragedies involved Malaysian airliners, and three involved police shootings in the USA. See http://peace.maripo.com/p_victims.htm for 305 significant tragedies listed in the order of number of lives lost, with the names of relevant monuments in most cases.
You are free to use this information any way you wish. A couple of years ago, Randall Amster published my annual list of peacemaker deaths in the PJSA Newsletter.
I would love to receive your questions and comments. I would especially like to learn about any new peace monuments or peacemaker deaths not shown on the web pages identified above. Thank you.
In peace, Edward W. Lollis, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://peace.maripo.com