When Columbanus (White Dove) headed off from Bangor in Co Down in the 6th century, little did he realize that he would one day be proposed as the 'patron saint' of Europe.
Fourteen hundred years later, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proposed just that.
The war had stolen young lives from all nations and all religions.
Jane Morrice is a resident of Bangor in Northern Ireland and a member of New Europeans.
Jane was Deputy Speaker of the new Northern Ireland Assembly set up after the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 and she is now a member of the European Economic and Social Committee.
Her White Dove Way project, inspired by Columbanus, is gaining momentum.
The aim is to promote peace-building worldwide by creating an EU-led global peace initiative launched from Northern Ireland and modeled on the EU PEACE Programme
A petition has been launched to make Northern Ireland/North of Ireland an honorary full EU member and a "Centre for Global Peace".
The initiative would include a European ‘path of peace’ from Northern Ireland to Nicosia.
The path of peace would follow in the footsteps of Columbanus and pass through areas profoundly touched by war and conflict.
The path of peace would cross Flanders fields and go on through the Balkans to Cyprus.
The plan is to launch the initiative before the end of 2018 to mark the EU Year of Cultural Heritage, the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Belfast Agreement and the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
We will be publishing more information about the White Dove Way initiative as it takes shape.
In the meantime, please enjoy and share Ode to Europe, a new song for Europe written by the Irish singer-songwriter and peace activist, Tommy Sands to mark the occasion.