Peace Dove aims to fly again – but needs help

July 2021 Posted in Uncategorized

Neither the pandemic, the aftermath of cataclysmic wildfires and a devastating ice storm, or the hottest day in Silverton history have stopped monthly peace vigils by Silverton People For Peace (SPFP). And after last summer’s cancellation of the Homer Davenport Community Festival parade, SPFP is now eager to resume flying its giant “Peace Dove”  in this year’s parade. 

But the dove needs a flight crew.

After the prolonged isolation and social distancing of the pandemic, entry organizers hope enough people are comfortable returning
to something as visible as being in a parade.

“When we first entered the parade in 2003, being in the public eye was a big step for many people. Folks got used to it, enjoyed it immensely, but now everyone has had very limited social interaction for well over a year,” said SPFP spokesman Robert Sisk. “We hope that and the break in continuity with last summer’s parade cancellation won’t make people forget what a thrill it is to walk under the dove in the parade.”

Sisk noted SPFP’s entry is open to anyone who shares the passion for peace on all levels of society. 

The dove has been a parade mainstay for years, garnering several ribbons with as many as 45 people carrying the dove, signs and flags. One year the entry was the only one displaying the Stars and Stripes.

The flight crew forms at 9 a.m. Sat., Aug. 7, at the Old Silverton High School south parking lot, Brown and Schlador streets, for entry judging. The parade start at 10 a.m. 

For more information on being a part of the Peace Dove crew, contact Sisk, 503-873-5307 or at [email protected]

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