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Event Wednesday to mark Peace Day
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Forsyth County News

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The Forsyth County Democratic Party will observe the International Day of Peace at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Parking Lot 1, across from Goodson Drug. The event is free and open to the public.

The community is invited to make its voices heard Wednesday morning as the Forsyth County Democratic Party holds an International Day of Peace event.

According to its Web site, International Day of Peace, or Peace Day, provides "an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date."

It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981. The first Peace Day was celebrated the next year.

In 2002, Sept. 21 was declared as the permanent date. This year’s theme is "Make Your Voice Heard."

While the event is organized by a political party, it’s open to everyone, said Democratic Chairwoman Sharon Gunter.

"God doesn’t play politics … and everyone needs to be able to have their voice heard," she said.

The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. Participants can gather just off the Cumming square in Parking Lot 1, across the street from Goodson Drug Company.

"At 9:45, we’ll have a short prayer and then march around the square to Cumming City Hall," Gunter said.

A short program will follow, beginning with an opening prayer by a Jewish rabbi and remarks from Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and Gunter. The event will close with song.

The mayor and city council plan to recognize the event in a proclamation during their monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Gunter said the gathering will focus on issues facing Forsyth County and the nation, including "the environment, the economy, jobs for kids just getting out of school and Jesus."

"We feel people all over the county are concerned about these issues," she said. "We need people to come out in numbers."