U.N. Peace Plaza - Independence, Missouri
Posted by: BruceS
N 39° 05.439 W 094° 25.737
15S E 376420 N 4327807
Quick Description: Plaza dedicated to peace with a fountain as its centerpiece in Independence, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 5/30/2011 10:18:00 AM
Waymark Code: WMBKJ0
"The United Nations Peace Plaza in Independence, Missouri was unveiled on October 27, 1997, formally dedicated by U.N. General Secretary Kofi Annan on April 25, 2003, and is described by its creators as "the only memorial in the world to those persons serving in the Peacekeeping Forces of the United Nations..." The 12.5-foot statue is named "Girl with Dove" by its sculptor Tom Corbin and in 2003, a four-foot miniature was gifted to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
On 11 December 2006, after his final speech as Secretary-General, delivered at the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri, Mr. Annan visited the Peace Plaza for a wreath-laying ceremony." - Wikipedia
Inscribed on a plaque near the fountain:
The U.N. Peace Plaza
Established by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of United Nation's Association to
commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the United Nations.
On June 27th 1945 in the nearby Community of Christ Auditorium, President Harry Truman
formally announced that the United States was a signatory to the U.N.
"History has bestowed on us a solemn responsibility. We failed before to give a genuine
peace. We dare not fail this time. We must not repeat the blunders of the past."
Architect: Theis Doolittle Associates Sculptor: Tom Corbin
General Contractor: J.E. Dunn Construction Company
Steering Committee: William H. Dunn Sr., Norman E. Swails, James A. Everett, Kevin P. Flattery