Sign of Diversity and Unity

It's a celebration of Winnebago County's rich ethnic heritage. It's meant to be inspiration for understanding and tranquility. And now, it's a permanent part of the community.

Sunday was the unveiling of Peace Plaza. Conceived more than two years ago as a way to enhance the Perryville path and make it more user friendly, the project has since expanded into much more.

Those at Sunday's dedication ceremony got a first look at Peace Plaza. The sculpture is mounted on a large base with granite façade, which includes peace quotes and a historic timeline of the settlement of different nationalities in Winnebago County. The sculpture is surrounded by flags of founding nations and peace poles with inscriptions in 30 different world languages.

Two Rockford families had a large role in getting the Peace Plaza completed. The Puri and Keeling families not only helped conceived the project, but offered to underwrite a significant portion of it.

If you'd like to visit the plaza, it’s located on the east side of Perryville Road between Springbrook and Riverside.