Members of the Rockport Rotary Club, the Rotary International Russian Peace Exchange, Rockport-Fulton Chamber, and guests huddled in for a group picture after installation of the Peace Pole at the entrance of the Aransas Pathways Pavilion Hike and Bike Trail.

The Rockport Rotary Club (RRC) hosted eight Russian citizens from the Rotary International Russian Peace Exchange Tuesday, Oct. 8 and helped plant a Peace Pole at the Aransas Pathways Pavilion next to the Tule Creek Hike and Bike Trail.

A Peace Pole is a handcrafted monument that displays the message and prayer “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each of its four or six sides, usually in different languages. There are more than 250,000 Peace Poles in 180 countries dedicated as monuments to peace. They symbolize and simultaneously link people of all faiths and nationalities worldwide who are striving for a better world.

“We were excited to have this group visit our club to share in the planting of the Peace Pole. It’s a wonderful way to share the message of the pole, ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth,’” said RRC President Nancy Paulson.

The Peace Pole in Aransas County has four sides, includes a Braille plaque, and has eight different languages: Russian, English, German, Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Former Rotary Club District Governor Andy Hagan and District 5930 gifted the pole to Aransas County.

The visiting group of Russians is a part of a Peace Friendship Exchange under the auspices and guidelines of the Russia-United States Intercountry Committee. The hosting Rotary districts were South Texas 5930 and District 5020 in Washington State with an assist from Houston District 5890.

They spent the day in Rockport-Fulton visiting places such as the Texas Maritime Museum, the Rockport Cultural Arts District, the Rockport-Fulton Visitor Center, and experienced a Texas BBQ dinner hosted by the Rockport Rotary Club at Rockport Beach.

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