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Symbol of Peace

Austrian exchange student Stefan Salmer talks with Judy Dutcher and other Rotarians Thursday as Hood River Rotary dedicated the third Peace Pole in the community, at Hood River waterfront where the Event Site meets the Nichols Basin trail.

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea.
Austrian exchange student Stefan Salmer talks with Judy Dutcher and other Rotarians Thursday as Hood River Rotary dedicated the third Peace Pole in the community, at Hood River waterfront where the Event Site meets the Nichols Basin trail.

Austrian exchange student Stefan Salmer talks with Judy Dutcher and other Rotarians Thursday as Hood River Rotary dedicated the third Peace Pole in the community, at Hood River waterfront where the Event Site meets the Nichols Basin trail. Port Executive Director Michael McElwee unveiled the pole while about 20 Rotarians watched. Salmer gave an impromptu lesson in his native German, one of four languages on the pole, which reads “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in English, Spanish and Japanese. Also present was Amber Thorpe, a Hood River Valley High School senior, who recently returned from her Rotary exchange to Taiwan. In 2016, Rotary also installed a Peace Pole at Jackson Park, also part of a world-wide effort by Rotary and other groups. Among the more than 16,000 worldwide is one at Brick Stratton Park (above Second and State streets) erected in the 1980s. Rotary president Erick Haynie said the new location was chosen for its high volume of foot traffic by visitors and locals alike, “who as they pass, might stop and make note of peace as the important value that it is.”

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea

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