Something actually exceptional occurred on Christmas Day in 1914. It was the fifth of 51 months of World War I, and chemical warfare introduced a brand new type of worry to the battlefield. But on this celebratory day, troopers on each side went in opposition to their order and determined to haven't only a truce, however a celebration.
French and German troopers crossed the trenches and danced with each other. Some exchanged presents and a few even performed video games of soccer. It's a hanging picture of man's potential to see past variations and convey peace into motion. It's one that provides Mike Posner goosebumps.
"If these males may create peace in opposition to all odds on that day," the singer-songwriter and producer displays, "amid one of the vital brutal conflicts in human historical past -- why can't all of us do this for at some point?"
Today, Posner takes his query from the rhetorical into the actual world with a bit assist from his fellow artists, pals and the remainder of us. He wrote a collaborative poem of kinds that sees himself and different celebrities pledging to make peace with somebody, and asking you to do the identical. It is to be introduced a a particular second at this weekend's iHeartRadio pageant, in affiliation with DNA testing firm 23andMe -- in honor of the United Nation's International Peace Day, in affiliation with non-profit group Peace One Day.
"It's a name to motion for the artists and the individuals all over the world to point out extra love, extra understanding and extra compassion," Posner says. "The of us at iHeartwork 23andMe, they're busy sufficient throwing an enormous pageant, working an enormous firm. For them to take trip to create this second celebrating peace is absolutely stunning. All the artists who've participated on this message for peace are all very busy artists. There's no scarcity of individuals asking them to do stuff. I simply really feel proud to be part of that group."
It all began when he made pals with Jeremy Gilley, the founding father of non-profit group Peace One Day. He was moved by the mission, and when he realized International Peace Day landed on the identical day as iHeartRadio's annual music pageant in Las Vegas, he knew he needed to join the 2.
"I believe there was a need on all people's half to tug one thing collectively," says Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia. "I don't wish to overstate it, however I and John [Sykes, iHeart President of Entertainment Enterprises] have been at MTV when 'We Are The World' got here out, and that is the 'We Are The World' for the digital technology. Pulling these individuals collectively from such numerous backgrounds and pursuits to speak about peace -- people who find themselves actually icons and thought leaders and have such robust followings -- I believe could be very highly effective."
"The artists are at all times those that may amplify what's happening in tradition," Sykes continues. "When they step up, and once you see this piece that they put collectively, it's exceptional."
Pittman and Sykes agree the message of unity that Peace One Day hopes to ship is mirrored within the smaller scale of iHeartRadio Music Festival. In 2018, it welcomes headliners Justin Timberlake, Fleetwood Mac, Childish Gambino, Jack White, Mariah Carey and extra onto one stage to carry out collectively for followers of all ages and walks of life. Festival accomplice 23andMe additionally displays this message, scientifically proving that every one people are -- for all genetic intents and functions -- just about the identical. We're 99.5 p.c similar on the within. Only .5 p.c makes us distinctive.
It's everybody concerned's hope that at the moment, we are able to put aside these cultural divides and have a good time what we have now in widespread, like these troopers on Christmas Day, 1914.
"In my life most of my exhausting work has been for myself, to make myself extra well-known or more cash," Posner says. "It's very nice and refreshing to be part of a undertaking that's for the higher good and never part of myself. I hope the opposite individuals concerned really feel the identical manner, and hats off to the individuals like Jeremy Gilley who do this each day."
The Peace One Day initiatives continues all weekend lengthy at iHeartRadio Music Festival. Fans are requested to share their very own tales of peace and togetherness on social media with #PeaceDay. Some of these tales will likely be shared in a particular presentation of 23andMe's Spit podcast. The complete occasion will likely be streamed on iHeartRadio and telecasted on the CW. Learn extra concerning the iHeartRadio Festival and the Peace One Day group on-line, and attempt to unfold love in all of your actions at the moment and eternally extra.