Painting for peace
Ste Mere Eglise
Madame Renaud

Peace through Music

On Sunday, September 11th, a free “Music for Peace” concert will be provided for the community in Locust valley’s Thomas Park. The September concert is being sponsored by Locust Valley’s Operation Democracy with the support of the LV Chamber of Commerce and is a celebration of peace and humanity through music.

The music will be from 1pm to 4pm with Singer and acoustic guitarist Rob Baione.
Rob is a long Island resident and  will be filling the skies with peaceful sounds music throughout the day. The Rob Baione is an Acoustic guitar & vocalist. His -music selections range from classical to country, rock to rap, folk to metal, etc. There’s a song for everybody. Audiences are always entertained by his charisma and ability to include them in the show. One way he does this is by allowing the audience to choose the songs. It’s like having your own personal jukebox. No one wants to leave when they hear “their song”.



This concert is part of a program hosted by The September Concert. This non-profit is part of the cultural program of The Sister Cities International. Sister Cities Int., concept of fostering peace one city at a time, was initiated on Sept 11, 1956 by President Dwight d. Eisenhower. President Eisenhower launched a program about citizen diplomacy and building world peace through grass roots relationships.  President Eisenhower witnessed this relationship first hand when he visited Sainte Mere Eglise, France after the WWII and saw what a small community in the United States was doing for the first town liberated on D-Day 1944. This town was Locust Valley and Operation Democracy.

This grass roots program was nationally known around in America as Operation Democracy (1947 to 1956) until 1956 when Sister Cities International was developed.  The concept of adopting a town that was devastated by the affects of the war but also at the heart of this movement was the belief that the government alone cannot achieve peace, it is set in the motion in the hearts of people themselves.

This week, this concert is a free concert to give the community a chance to come to the park and sit for moment and just listen to the music. “We are inviting everyone to stop by and come together as a community. Bring a blanket or chairs, no speeches will be made, it will be exactly what it says, Music for Peace.” commented Kaye Weninger, President of Operation Democracy. “We just want to fill the skies with music and hopes for peace.”