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One Day One Choir for International Peace Day

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1st September is known around the globe as International Peace Day or World Peace Day. First recognized in 1981, this holiday asks that world leaders from every country ask their military and their people to cease fire for one day. It is a day dedicated to the absence of war. The celebrations continue to grow as this holiday enters its third decade. Many major cities ring a peace bell. Citizens and students wear a white dove to symbolize peace and other communities sponsor peace parades and vigils.

One Day One Choir is an inspiring global peace initiative which uses the harmonious power of singing together to unite people around the world on Peace Day. The aim is to create the largest choir in the world, singing for unity and peace.

"Teaching Peace" is a rousing marching tune and shows us that peace is a lot more than just a quiet and restful state. Peace can be vibrant and full of life with important roles for each one of us, big and small, to play. This song introduces the basic concepts of oneness and conflict resolutions.

The whole of The Buchan School rehearsed and recorded their version of the song to be played on the One Day One Choir Facebook page. Judith Ley will also be including it in PRAISE on Sunday (broadcast at 7.32 and available to listen on demand via manxradio.com for seven days after broadcast) and again on SUNDOWN on Sunday at 10.45pm.

Teaching peace creates a culture of tolerance, self-awareness, empathy with others and understanding of differing views, beliefs and cultures. It also encourages each individual to reflect their personal feelings and thoughts.

Chorus

Teaching peace all the world around
You and me every city every town
One by one in our work and in our play
We are teaching peace by what we do and what we say

It's up to us to show we care
Reaching out to everybody everywhere
Heart to heart and friend to friend
Circling all around the world and back again

Chorus

So take my hand and come along
It's time to sing the world a brand new song
So sing it loud and sing it clear
All together now so everyone can hear

Chorus

Sound off! One, two, three, four...
It's up to us to show we care
Reaching out to everybody everywhere
Heart to heart and friend to friend
Circling all around the world and back again

Chorus

Written by Red and Kathy Grammer