Peace Road 2015 in USA (Nome)
By FFWPU USA: A small delegation of six people made the journey to Nome for the final leg of the Peace Road in the United States. Nome, a former gold-rush town, sits on the shores of the Bering Sea and can only be reached by boat and air. There is no road connection with the rest of Alaska although the city has long wanted one.
The Peace Road group was warmly welcomed by City Manager Ms. Josephine Bahnke in a short ceremony at the Nome City Hall, where the Peace Road flag was formally presented to the city by FFWPU USA President Michael Balcomb. The group shared about True Parents’ vision for the Peace Road and their long standing love and investment in Alaska.
After viewing some of the photos of the Peace Road program in Kodiak—where almost 150 people participated—the city representatives present said were really keen that the Peace Road come back in 2016 and hold a full-fledged parade. In an interview with the local radio station, Mr. Leo Rasmussen, a former mayor of Nome and his wife Irma, said there had been a real hope establishing a connection to Russia back in 1992 when the Soviet Union ended, but in recent times momentum has been lost. They hoped the Peace Road effort would reignite interest.
Peter Nagle, a local Unificationist who is currently gold-mining off the beaches of Nome, joined the short parade down to the shores of the Bering Sea, and since he was the only one wearing waterproof boots, kindly offered to plant the flag in the waves facing out toward Russia, less than 100 miles away.
After the ceremony, Ms. Bahnke gave the Peace Road group a personal tour of the city, including the recently expanded port and docks, the historic St. Joseph’s Church, the windswept simple graveyard on a hill overlooking town where many of Nome’s earlier residents are now resting. Peace Road participants promised they would be back again next year for a bigger Peace Road program.