28-Year Pilgrimage for Peace

Peace Pilgrim, Mildred Norman, walked on her journey of peace carrying only a pen, comb, toothbrush and a map.

Peace Pilgrim, Mildred Norman, walked on her journey of peace carrying only a pen, comb, toothbrush and a map.

I shall remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace…”

                                                                                                                                                                                   —Mildred Norman, Peace Pilgrim

People come, people go. There are few who live forever. Mildred Norman is one of them.

Mildred’s pilgrimage started on new year’s day of 1953 from the Rose Bowl parade, “America’s New Year Celebration” held in Pasadena, California.  Mildred Norman who aptly called herself  “Peace Pilgrim”, spent these 28 years traveling from coast to coast of North America, criss-crossing US states and Canadian provinces giving the word ‘minimalist’ a new meaning and value. Wearing the same pair of blue jeans and tunic which always carried a comb, pen, toothbrush and a map (and nothing else), Peace Pilgrim never asked for anything more.

When Peace pilgrim started her walk, Korean War had already broken out. Peace Pilgrim went about on her mission of making the nations at war realize the importance of peace for the world. She showed that people can live a meaningful life living only on the bare necessities of life. “People are good. There is a spark of good in everybody,” Peace Pilgrim opined in reference to the generosity of the people she met on her trail.

Although she is not among us today, Peace Pilgrim’s legacy will continue to prevail until all of humanity learn the meaning of persistence and courage!

Peace Pilgrim’s memoir of her inspirational journey for peace is traced in her autobiography, “Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words“.

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2 comments

  1. Nitesh

    “She showed that people can live a meaningful life living only on the bare necessities of life”. I wish I could simplify my life..

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    • Ayushma

      Thank you for your lovely comment. Yes, it is easier said than done to live a simple life. I’m trying on my own small way to keep myself and those around me realize that happiness lies in the simple and little things in life by writing about people such as Peace Pilgrim who led (and continue to lead) the world by example.

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