Baylor University’s McLane Carillon Will Ring Out in Celebration of the International Day of PeaceSept. 18, 2015
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WACO, Texas (Sept. 18, 2015) – One of Baylor’s most iconic symbols, the McLane Carillon, will ring out in celebration of the annual United Nations World Peace Day from noon to 12:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21.
The McLane Carillon consists of 48 cast bronze bells residing in the tower of Pat Neff Hall. The Carillon regularly fills the air of Baylor’s campus with charming melodies, hymns and “That Good Old Baylor Line.”
Every year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on Sept. 21. The United Nations General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
“On this occasion, the bells of the McLane Carillon remind our university and community to be grateful for the peace that we enjoy and that we all have a responsibility to work toward peace for the parts of the world where war and instability destroy lives and hope,” said Lynnette Geary, Baylor University carillonneur and assistant to the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
The theme of this year’s commemoration, “Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All,” highlights the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace. The work of the United Nations would not be possible without the initial partnerships that were active in its creation and the thousands of partnerships each year between governments, civil society, the private sector, faith-based groups and other non-governmental organizations.
The International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly to coincide with its opening session, held annually every third Tuesday of September.
The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the day and to commemorate it through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
by Ashton Brown, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805
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