Peace Tree

Peace Tree

Letter in Bury Free Press of 28 June 2013


As the annual celebration of Armed Forces Day approaches and preparations begin for commemoration of the centenary of the 1914-18 war, Quakers in Bury, having a concern that the pageantry of military ceremonial may divert our thinking from the true cost of war and from reflection on the prevention of conflict, are beginning a consultation about the possibility of planting a Peace Tree in the town.

The purpose of this would be to celebrate the importance of peace building, which, we believe, must begin at the local level. It makes use of an idea which originated in Canada and has become established world-wide. At a time when the voices of extremism urge us towards hatred and violence, we wonder whether a Peace Tree in Bury St Edmunds might prove an effective point of focus as we approach the commemoration of World War One.

We intend to arrange a planning meeting in the autumn for all interested parties.