Back to listJan 16, 2010

Guam Celebrates SGI's 35th Anniversary

100125guam_sgi_35_anni.jpg Women's chorus group

On January 16, 2010, SGI members from Guam, the U.S. mainland, Oceania and Japan gathered in Tamuning, Guam to mark the 35th anniversary of the establishment of SGI (January 26, 1975). Over 300 SGI-Guam members attended the event, as well as SGI General Director Yoshitaka Oba and SGI Women's Leader Kayoko Asano.

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a congratulatory message, expressing his appreciation for the dedicated efforts of members throughout the world who have worked for lasting world peace for the past 35 years. In a tribute to the SGI, more than 100 SGI members and guests gathered at Tamuning Park on the same day to unveil a monument dedicated to the SGI's founding and to world peace.

On one side of the monument are the opening lines from Mr. Ikeda's novel, The Human Revolution: "Nothing is more barbarous than war. Nothing is more cruel. And yet, the war dragged on." On the opposite side are the opening lines from The New Human Revolution: "Nothing is more precious than peace. Nothing brings more happiness. Peace is the most basic starting point for the advancement of humankind."

In the center of the monument are words from Mr. Ikeda, stating "Rather than seeking after your own praise or glory, I hope that you will dedicate your noble lives to sowing the seeds of peace throughout the entire world. I shall do the same."

100123guam_peace_monument.jpg A monument dedicated to the SGI's founding and to world peace

In tribute of SGI Day, Guam Governor Felix P. Camacho declared January 2010 as International World Peace Month and January 26 (SGI Day) International World Peace Day. A proclamation signed by Governor Camacho and countersigned by Speaker of the 30th Guam Legislature Judith T. Won Pat recognized Mr. and Mrs. Ikeda and the SGI for their humanistic efforts to promote world peace and human rights.

Acting Legislative Secretary Rory J. Respicio and Speaker Won Pat signed a resolution praising Mr. and Mrs. Ikdea for serving "as inspiring examples of how one's committed efforts can transform the lives of millions of people around the world, including those of us here on Guam."

In conjunction with the celebration on January 15, the exhibition, "Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential" was displayed at the Agana Shopping Center in Hagatna, Guam. The 16-panel exhibition, created by the SGI and the Earth Charter Initiative, promotes education as the driving force for a sustainable global society.

On January 14, more than 50 high school students from various youth programs across the island gathered at Guam Community College for a daylong conference on the values highlighted in the "Seeds of Change" exhibition. Participants discussed ways in which they could positively contribute to various environmental issues affecting their communities.

[Adapted from an article in the January 29, 2010, issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]