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Owego rings bell ahead of peace festival

OWEGO (WBNG) — After mowing the world’s largest peace sign, Leonard Hilldale is taking the next step in spreading his message of peace.

“it’s kind of the power of the spoken word. If you speak out about hatred all the time, then your mind is filled with hate. If you speak about peace all the time, then your mind is filled with peace,” said Leonard Hilldale.

In honor of the upcoming Peace Festival, organizers rang a bell, symbolizing the movement for peace.

“We’re ringing out for peace. There’s just something symbolic about a bell ringing and putting a meaning to that ring,” said Hilldale.

Hilldale plans on ringing the bell every single day at noon, all to show that Owego is home to peace.

The festival has been recently recognized by the international community.

“We were recently added to the United Nations Map, and now we’re an official International Day of Peace Festival,” said Wendy Post, a volunteer and organizer of the event.

Organizers of the event say that Owego is the perfect location to have a peaceful celebration.

“Our community is almost like a family, really. Here in Owego, we’re really close. We all have our differences, and we all get through them, and we peacefully resolve them. I think this festival will be good, and symbolize all of that,” said Owego Mayor Mike Barrata.

The Peace Festival is scheduled for September 21 at Owego Schoolhouse Antiques. The event is free and open to the public.

Katie Jones

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