'We need peace here in West Linn'
After a year in which the community of West Linn critically examined its relationship with the West Linn Police Department, a new symbol of peace and harmony now sits outside the department's doors.
The Rotary Club of West Linn unveiled the fifth peace pole in West Linn outside the police station Wednesday, July 14.
At the unveiling, Rotary Club of West Linn President Michael Wu said the peace pole is an internationally recognized symbol that has roots in post-World War II Japan. The new pole outside the police station has the words "let peace prevail on earth" in eight different languages, Wu said.
"Peace is a core part of what Rotary is about. Rotary has always been very committed to world peace," Wu said. "We were part of the founding of the U.N. and basic human rights declaration. Peace and harmony is a central part of what we believe in."
Wu thanked the city of West Linn, WLPD and Rotary leaders past and present for their efforts that led to the new peace pole.
"This pole is a symbol of our commitment to understanding, harmony and peace," he said. "It is a reminder of that shared value between the citizens of West Linn and the people who work here, the people who protect and serve these citizens."
Acting WLPD Chief Peter Mahuna said the idea for a peace pole outside the department was a no-brainer to him. He thanked Rotary members and in particular Community Service Chair Liz Rogers.
"I think it's super important that it sits here at the police station because of the things that this last year has brought for the community and the police department," Mahuna said. "We need peace across the country, but we also need peace here in West Linn."
West Linn Mayor Jules Walters said she was "thankful for this beautiful reminder that peace may prevail on Earth and that we all need to stand together to make that happen."
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