Southern Connecticut State University joined together with the City of New Haven Peace Commission on September 21 in a program to recognize the 2021 International Day of Peace.
The Commission planted a peace tree on Southern’s campus to remember those killed by gun violence in our communities and in wars abroad, and to affirm the commitment of New Haven as a peace messenger city, for action toward peace and justice everywhere.
The tree planting and placement of a commemorative plaque — on the lawn to the west of Conn Hall, on Farnham Avenue — were part of a program including members of the New Haven Peace Commission, SCSU President Joe Bertolino and members of the SCSU faculty and staff, and student leaders and musicians.
The City of New Haven Peace Commission is a volunteer municipal board whose mission is to foster a culture of peace in New Haven and around the world.
The International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, is a United Nations-sanctioned holiday observed annually on September 21. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access. The day was first celebrated in 1981 and is kept by many nations, political groups, military groups, and people.
Each year, the New Haven Peace Commission plants a tree on a New Haven school campus in honor of the International Day of Peace.