2016-08-18 / Community

Peace Heroes Walk just around the corner

Inaugural event falls on 9/11

TAKING STEPS—A walk at CLU on Sept. 11 will honor local firefighters and police officers and promote a new generation of peace leaders. ACORN FILE PHOTO TAKING STEPS—A walk at CLU on Sept. 11 will honor local firefighters and police officers and promote a new generation of peace leaders. ACORN FILE PHOTO The first Conejo Valley Peace Heroes Walk will start at 2 p.m. Sun., Sept. 11 at Cal Lutheran University beginning at the Lundring Events Center, 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks.

The event is sponsored by reGeneration in collaboration with the Conejo Valley Interfaith Association and the 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation.

The family-friendly community event seeks to unite the community, commemorate the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, honor local firefighters and police, and educate a new generation of peace leaders through learning and celebrating the stories and ideals of peace heroes.

The event will also raise funds for peace-promoting early childhood development and educational projects in the Middle East and the U.S. sponsored by reGeneration, a nonprofit based in Agoura Hills since 2006, and 21st Century Peace Literacy Foundation.

The short walk through the CLU campus will be made up of teams formed from local organizations such as faith communities, civic groups, businesses and schools to honor the peace heroes they have selected.

The program will have an opening ceremony commemorating the victims and heroes of 9/11 during which the community’s gratitude will be formally extended to local fire and police departments, followed by a procession of Peace Hero teams with posters and trading cards.

The final program will include remarks by local peace heroes and a music program with a singalong led by Cantor David Shakiur of Temple Adat Elohim of Thousand Oaks and Kenneth Ellis.

The 20 peace heroes being championed in the Conejo Valley include the Rev. Gifford Smith of the Conejo Valley Interfaith Association; Karon Wright, Greater Contribution founder; Linda K. Burton, LDS Relief Society general president; Barbara Fields, co-founder of Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence, and Eyal Bloch, U.N. recognized Israeli educator.

For more information, go to www.peaceheroeswalk.org.

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