WARREN -The Greater Western Reserve Council Boy Scouts of America will welcome the international Peace Light from Bethlehem on Thursday.
Jason Wolf, scout executive for the Greater Western Reserve Council and local light coordinator, said the Peace Light will be located at the scout headquarters, 4930 Enterprise Drive N.W., for the public to come with a candle or lantern.
Wolf said the light will arrive from Reedsville, Pa., between 2 and 3 p.m., brought by Peace Light coordinator Joe Reding. He will then transport it to St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral near Cleveland.
The light's purpose is to spread the message of peace to all people and faiths.
The Peace Light from Bethlehem campaign was originally organized by the Austrian Broadcasting Company and was part of a large charitable relief mission, Light into Darkness, for children in need in Austria and abroad.
Since 1986, the Austrian boy scouts and girl guides have been displaying the Peace Light throughout Austria. With a great deal of co-operation between scouts and guides in many countries, the light has traveled from Vienna to more than 20 European countries.
The light originates in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where there are 15 oil lamps that have been burning continuously for more than a thousand years. This is the Peace Light flame.
Wolf said Austrian Airlines has been flying the Peace Light on to New York City since 2001. It is scheduled to arrive today at JFK International Airport and is traveling from there as far north as Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada, and as far west as Los Angeles through the efforts of many scouts.