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South Florida School Honors Pope Francis for International Day of Peace

South Florida is joining the rest of the world in honoring the International Day of Peace.

The day was established in 1981, and the first Peace Day was observed in September of 1982. The United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously in 2001 to establish the 21st of September as the annual day of non-violence and cease-fire. The day is devoted to "strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples."

The theme for 2015's commemoration is "Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for All," aimed at highlighting the importance of all parts of society to work together to achieve peace.

In South Florida, some groups are tying the day to Pope Francis' visit to Cuba and the United States.

As the Pope prepares to leave Cuba tomorrow for the U.S., students at the Mary Help of Christians School in Parkland are celebrating Peace Day by praying for the Pope as he prepares for his upcoming trip.

Following his historic three-day visit to Cuba, Pope Francis will travel to Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia.

Students at Mary Help of Christians will release balloons, recite poems and offer prayers of peace and a safe journey for the Pope.

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