Reneé Marie, Major, U.S. Army, Retired

Reneé Marie, Major, U.S. Army, Retired

Founder | Peace Poles for Schools

Reneé Marie was born in Connecticut. She has lived in 15 states and three countries. She calls Sacramento “home” since 2006.

Just after the horrific shooting at Columbine High School, 1992, Reneé visited the U. S. Headquarters for the World Peace Prayer Society in upstate New York. When she walked the “Peace Pole Path” there and read “May Peace Prevail On Earth”, inscribed on over 200 Peace Poles dedicated to every sovereign nation, she knew that she would help to spread this universal wish with students. Serving as a Speech-Language Pathologist in our public schools provided the ideal opportunity to create Peace Pole Gardens on campus.

After the events of 9/11, Reneé reentered the U. S. Army after a ten-year break in service. As a Medical Service Corps officer she found unique opportunities to share the Universal Message for Peace with comrades as well as with with thousands of coalition forces and students at a co-ed school in Kabul Afghanistan during her deployment in 2010.

Major Reneé Marie retired from the U. S. Army in July, 2017. She is currently studying fine arts full-time and continues her mission of peaceful activism. As the Founder of Peace Poles For Schools, Ms. Marie envisions the day when every school in America has an educational, Peace Pole Garden. She invites you to join in this peace-building work to develop empathic, future leaders.


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