The March for Peace starts in the center of Perugia, capital city of Umbria, and proceeds to Assisi, the City of Peace, about 18 miles away. People of all ages and nationalities, lay and religious representatives and organizations from all over Italy and around the world walk side by side to the highest point in Assisi for a peaceful demonstration at the Rocca Maggiore, the ruined castle that overlooks the Basilica of St. Francis and the city below.
Draped in and carrying flags and signs the marchers quietly voice their opposition to war and seek an end to poverty, hunger and injustice in a world where there is still more wealth than we can even comprehend.
What could be more fitting than supporting the message of peace in the very same context and setting that St.Francis of Assisi did eight centuries ago?
“While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be sure to have it even more fully in your heart.”
St. Francis of Assisi
The 2010 Peace March from Perugia to Assisi is planned for Sunday, May 16. Take a look at La Tavola delle pace, the organization planning this event.
In 2005 Bob and I had the privilege of being in Assisi for the Marcia per la Pace. When we approached the Basilica a group of young people had hung an enormous peace flag from the wall where steps lead to a view of Assisi and added our names to the banner. We wrote, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me” and “What have you added to the world today?” It was an emotional moment for us, and one that we will never forget.