Tomorrow, 9/21, is the International Day of Peace, established by the UN in 1981. On one of my road trips in search of landmarks to women, I went to Augusta, Maine, to visit the statue of peace activist Samantha Reed Smith, who during the Cold War Era when she was 10 years old wrote a letter to the leader of the Soviet Union asking him about the possibility of a war. He replied with assurances and invited her to visit, thus she became America’s youngest goodwill ambassador and a celebrity for peace. Tragically in 1985, at the age of twelve, she died in a plane crash. The bronze life-size statue depicts Samantha smiling with outstretched arms, holding a peace dove in her hands. A bear cub, the symbol of the Soviet Union is by her feet.
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