The Logan City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to join communities around the world in officially recognizing Sept. 21 as a "Day of Peace."

The proclamation urges residents to "reflect on the blessings of peace and the true cost of war" and coincides with the United Nations' International Day of Peace.

Kirsten Thompson, a member of the Logan-based group Cache Valley Peace Works, said the significance of the day is its power to remind individuals of the great price of war.

"On a grand scale, it doesn't make a difference," she said. "But the proclamation has reminded me that our nation is at war and that families in our country and throughout the world are feeling the devastation of war.

"It helps us to pause and ask the tough questions about why those families are still suffering."

Thompson, whose husband, Marshall, served in Iraq for a year as an Army Reserve journalist, is the daughter of Logan City Councilman Herm Olsen, who proposed the proclamation.

Thompson said the day will be celebrated by peace vigils, music and talks at local churches.