Calatayud, Spain, Honors Daisaku Ikeda for His Peace Efforts Through Dialogue
On June 2, 2021, Calatayud City in Spain paid tribute to Daisaku Ikeda for his longstanding efforts to advance peace through dialogue by installing a commemorative plaque in one of the city’s parks.
The plaque replicates an honorary citizenship certificate Calatayud presented to Mr. Ikeda in 2018 during a showing of the Soka Gakkai exhibition “Everything You Treasure—For a World Free of Nuclear Weapons.” It commends Mr. Ikeda as a promoter of peace through dialogue as well as commemorating the 60th anniversary of his first visit to Spain. On the plaque is a QR code that connects to the Spanish language Daisaku Ikeda website.
At the unveiling, Vice Mayor José Manuel Gimeno commended Mr. Ikeda for his activities to promote human dignity and peace and said he looked forward to working together with local Soka Gakkai members on future collaborations. Soka Gakkai Spain General Director Enrique Caputo expressed his appreciation for the city’s gesture on behalf of Mr. Ikeda and his desire for Soka Gakkai Spain to continue working with local residents to create a solidarity of good citizens. Introducing a park greening project, city Environment Director Ana Isabel García announced that a cherry tree had been planted in front of the plaque as a first step toward expanding natural parklands.
Local Soka Gakkai members have gained trust in the community through
efforts to engage with local residents on a variety of socially beneficial
[Adapted from an article in the
June 10, 2021, issue of theSeikyo Shimbun,