Switzerland: Peace Road and Commemorative Peace March 2017
By Heiner Handschin, FFWPU Switzerland
On the occasion of the 5th Anniversary of the Ascension of our beloved True Father, the Swiss chapters of FFWPU with the co-sponsorship of WFWP and UPF organized this year’s Peace Road event combined with a commemorative Peace March, remembering the time True Father spent in Geneva from 2005 to 2011 on September 17, 2017 in Geneva.
The Peace Road event started like in the past year in front of our FFWPU HQ and Peace Embassy in Belmont-sur-Lausanne from where 10 cyclists challenged a 70-km distance to cycle all the way to Geneva, to the Place des Nations (UN Square) in order to show their commitment and dedication to work for lasting peace in this currently so much troubled world. They started at 10h30 and determined to arrive in Geneva in time for the appointment of 15h30 with the Peace marchers that took a tour and pilgrimage to various sites where the “traces of True Parents” could still be felt strongly.
In 2005 when True Parents addressed the Geneva Audience in a crowded hall, the newspaper media, Tribune de Genève, called True Parents “Messiahs of Peace”. Indeed, the True Parents were well remembered in Geneva, from the 1985 Conference on the downfall of the Soviet Empire, to the various speeches in and out of the United Nations, the Intercontinental Hotel as well as the Hilton Hotel etc., but also the very memorable moments in their close company. The Peace Marchers, Peace Ambassadors and FFWPU members, remembered the very exciting time spent together with the True Parents in Geneva.
Meeting up with each other, the cyclist and their entourage met as planned at 15h30 in front of the UN complex and at the Place des Nations. After a few commemorative words there was some fellowship, refreshments and a friendly gathering among fellow Peace Activists.
The very memorable event ended as planned at 17h00.