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Past international day of Peace events

The International Day of Peace (IDOP) has been celebrated annually at the Peace Plaza in Rockford, Illinois since 2003 and is hosted by the Keeling and Puri families. At the International Day of Peace, 1,500 individuals from the Rock River Valley, including about 1,000 elementary school children, mostly grades 3-5, attend.

To view information on the past few years events, please view the flyer for the applicable year.


Past Featured Guests

The Peace Plaza has been honored to welcome visitors from all over the world. Past guests have included:

• "Jane Addams & “Eleanor Roosevelt”
• Nobel Peace Prize Winners: Dr. Oscar Arias (1987) and “Jane Addams” (1931)
• Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary - also founder of Operation Respect (Peace Day 2011)
• Greg Mortenson of Central Asia Institute (Peace Day 2008)
• Dr. Barbara Reynolds, Senior Advisor, Special Projects for UNICEF (Peace Day 2012)
• “Abraham Lincoln” (Peace Day 2009)
• Sakuji Tanaka, President Rotary International (2012)