“Daisaku Ikeda and SGI Appreciation Day” in Guam

Peace and Community

Tamuning, Guam, Mayor Louise C. Rivera (front) and Vice Mayor Kenneth C. Santos (center) light latte stones at a peace festival honoring SGI Day. The coral limestone monoliths are a symbol of indigenous culture and honor local ancestors. As part of the festivities, Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo declares Jan. 26, 2018, “Dr. Daisaku Ikeda & SGI Appreciation Day.” Photo by Carol Clayton.

Commemorating Jan. 26, SGI Day,and recognizing SGI President Ikeda’s contributions to world peace, Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo issued a proclamation declaring Jan. 26, 2018, “Dr. Daisaku Ikeda & SGI Appreciation Day.”

The citation also honors President Ikeda’s 90th birthday on Jan. 2, stating in part: “For over 57 years, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, as Soka Gakkai President, has been an outstanding world leader for the global peace movement, responding to the call of his cherished mentor, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda, to establish efforts to abolish nuclear weapons and urge SGI youth to dedicate their lives to these essential tasks.” Mrs. Ikeda was also praised for her contributions to peace alongside her husband as a “dedicated companion, advisor, counselor and advocate.”

SGI Appreciation Day Guam

The award ceremony took place on Jan. 21 at the Sixth Latte Peace Festival, which was hosted by the municipality of Tamuning- Tumon-Harmon at Tamuning Park, across from the International Trade Center, where Daisaku Ikeda established the Soka Gakkai International on Jan. 26, 1975.

Guests included Benjamin Cruz, speaker of the 34th Guam Legislature, and Louise C. Rivera, mayor of the municipality of Tamuning-Tumon Harmon. Speaker Cruz meanwhile issued a second proclamation in honor of President and Mrs. Ikeda, commemorating SGI Day.

The SGI-USA has recently purchased a plot of land adjacent to the International Trade Center. Plans are underway to build a new SGI-USA center and a mentor-disciple museum (see Feb. 9 World Tribune for more details).

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