Charles Crawshaw, Ocean Shores
At 4am on Tuesday, 15 September, I drove all 195 United Nations flags to the front of the Byron Bay Surf Club and lined them up along the beach, ready for the 5.30am sunrise. From that moment until around 3pm, when I dismantled them, my experience and dialogues with the Byron Bay community were simply beautiful.
One man remembered us from last year with Lucy’s birthday party being one true highlight… he promised me to pass on Happy Birthday Lucy… I wonder if she got it?
A group of ladies mentioned I could provide more warning and we could get children to do the ‘sand with line run (of flags)’ along Byron Bay main beach… great idea!
Another sought the Maltese flag, a Serbian one and German one for another holidaying couple from Sydney, and a cheerful Chilean traveller snapping happily!
One man’s first words to me were ‘world peace!’ Another lady said it was to do with the Sydney Olympics. A few people even declared ‘it’s World Peace Day!’
Thank you everyone for making this 20th birthday a completion for me, and happy 13th Birthday to Lucy who started the World Peace Take Off Party in the same place last year!