Fifteen years ago this month, Peace Boat joined the world in feeling deeply saddened by the September 11 attacks on the United States. This year, as a number of 9/11 anniversary
events were held in New York City–including moments of silence at the World Trade Center, a Tribute in Light that illuminated the New York City Sky at the 9/11 Memorial
Plaza, and the ringing of the Bell of Hope at St. Paul’s Chapel across from the World Trade Center–we again remember the innocent lives that were lost. We also pay tribute to those who survived, to those who helped others to survive, and to those family members and friends who lost loved ones.
When Peace Boat’s ship docks at Pier 90 in New York City on October 20-21 of this year as part of its Global Voyage for Peace, our hope is that it can be a small symbol of the inherent yearning for peace that citizens around the global share. A symbol of the rejection of violence, and of the importance of creating new opportunities for friendships, learning, and positive action. A symbol of the value of people-to-people diplomacy, and of the importance of minds coming together to create a sustainable world in which all people call thrive.
As we open our ship to the New York City public and welcome onboard officials from the United Nations, from governments of countries large and small, educators, students, civil society representatives, artists, musicians and others, we look forward to creating an “International floating village” here in New York City just as we do when our ship is sailing around the world. We look forward to the exhilaration that is felt when people of different walks of life come together and share a common vision of humanity living up to its highest potentials.
Lastly, as we prepare to visit New York City next month, 15 years after 9/11, we feel tremendously grateful to all those who made extraordinary efforts in the days, months and years after the tragedy to help the city to recover. It is your resilience and caring that makes our visit of peace possible.
This post was created and published by Cecilie Barmoen (Intern from Peace Boat US)