Jean Hearn (image from The Examiner)

Jean Hearn (image from The Examiner)

 Michel Howe (Jean Hearn's Son) image by Monica Plunkett

Michel Howe (Jean Hearn's Son) image by Monica Plunkett

 

Speech for opening of the Launceston Peace Garden

By Jean Hearn, April 2016

This garden at the head of our beautiful Tamar Valley is a place of peace and contemplation. A place to think about ways we can stop the terrible violence in our world.
It’s a place to think how we can make our communities stronger, more cohesive and kindlier – for kindness is the key to peace.
Kindness starts with individuals and extends into communities.Kind communities have no place for violence or assaults; let us extend our individual kindness to our war-plagued world.
It’s fitting that this Peace Garden has been established near the memorial for Tasmania’s second fortieth battalion which was captured by the Japanese in February 1942..
Among the prisoners who died during the following three years were my husband Fred Howe and his brother Bert.
This Peace Garden is also a place for remembrance.
And it is a symbol demonstrating that our community cares about peace.
I hope it will be visited often, and will foster ideas and attitudes that will promote peace and help create kind and caring communities.
— Jean Hearn, April 2016