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PHOTO GALLERY: Peace Pole installed along Niles Street

"May Peace Prevail on Earth" was the message Friday as the Rotary Club of Bakersfield East unveiled a Peace Pole at the Armstrong Youth Center at the the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County location at 801 Niles St.

The monument, one of many around the world, displays those words translated into several languages as a way of inspiring unity among people across many cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds.

"The Peace Pole serves as a visual reminder that peace should never be taken for granted," club member Fernando Aguirre said in a news release.

"There are over 250,000 Peace Poles (distributed among) every country in the world dedicated as monuments to peace, and we are so excited to bring one to the Boys & Girls Club," he added.

Ten trees are being planted in Africa in honor of the club's contribution.

The organization plans to install additional Peace Poles elsewhere in Bakersfield.