Peace Pole Controversy

September 22, 2010 Updated Sep 22, 2010 at 6:38 PM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

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September 22, 2010 Updated Sep 22, 2010 at 6:38 PM EDT


DUNKIRK, NY (WKBW) -- The Veteran's Memorial Park, which honors area veterans who served their country, has something new. A Peace Pole was placed right in front of the park and reads 'Let Peace Prevail On Earth'.

The Dunkirk-Fredonia Center for Peace and Justice along with the city's mayor put it there. But now after criticism about the placement, who was involved in the decision, and other issues, the dedication ceremony has been rescheduled and the placement of the pole may eventually be changed. "We spoke to Mayor {Richard} Frey about this and he's in agreement," Rodney Houck, with the Center for Peace and Justice, said. "Our hope is the issue will come before the Dunkirk Common Council in the near future and for us to make further plans and hopefully to have the pole moved somewhere here in the memorial park."

These latest moves are sitting better with some city common council members who say they didn't really have much say in the Peace Pole plan to begin with. "I appreciate what the Peace and Justice has done in pushing the dedication date and this will give us more time as far as the city council, the mayor, and hopefully we'll get input from the Veterans Council," Michael Michalski, a Dunkirk Common Councilmember, said. "Once we sit down with everyone and get everyone's input we'll be able to satisfy everyone involved."

A dedication ceremony is tentatively planned for late October.