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Palau Football Association hosts soccer game on Sunday

KOROR (Palau Horizon) — In observance of the United Nation (UN) World Day of Peace, a soccer game will be played on Sunday.

The Palau Football Association (PFA) will be observing Peace Day on Sunday by hosting a soccer game for male and female footballers (soccer players), 16 years and older, at 5:00 p.m. at the National Track and Field. The theme is “One Day One Goal” which is part of a campaign to bring people together to mark the special occasion. Last year’s game involved a very ethnically diverse group of players that underscored the theme of Peace Day.

The PFA suggests that everyone take the opportunity of UN Peace Day to help create peace in the world. In addition to the soccer game, actions can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, or just sitting in silent meditation, or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. The impact of millions of people in all parts of the world, coming together for one day of peace, is immense. Peace Day can not only mean peace between nations, but peace and non-violence in our homes, communities and schools as well as making peace in personal relationships.

The PFA encourages everyone to observe this special day and hopes to see a big group at the Track and Field on Sept. 19 to play or to cheer the teams on.

The International Day of Peace “Peace Day” provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982.

In 2002, the UN General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

For more information, contact Charles Mitchell at 779-9830.