In 2014 during an Anzac Day address, the late Tasmanian governor Peter Underwood declared 2015 should be the Year of Peace.
Mr Underwood said one of the reasons communities gather on Anzac Day was to "to resolve that, in the future, each of us will ask those hard questions about the meaning of wars, their causes and outcomes, to become resolute about peace. All our remembrances and honours are meaningless unless we also vow to become resolute about peace because that is what those whom we remember and honour on this special day thought they were dying for".
He noted that the bitterest disappointment of those who survived World War I was that theirs was not the war to end all wars.
He said "mere remembrance and honour is not enough. It will neither bring nor preserve the peace for which they thought they died."
For some community members in Launceston, that message from the Governor ignited a passion to actively pursue and promote peace in the community.
The result was the Tamar Valley Peace Festival.
Peace holds many different meanings depending on a variety of factors such as race, religion, gender and sexual orientation.
Some people in our community have risked their own lives to protect our country through military service, others have sought peace in Tasmania as refugees and many are struggling for a feeling of inner peace and equality.
Regardless of any individuals pursuit for peace, there are common elements such as truth, respect, equity and integrity.
Integrity is the theme of this year's Tamar Valley Peace Festival.
The beauty of this festival is that a theme is set, but it is up to the organisations and community members to explore the topic and suggest events to accompany the theme.
On a global level, the concept of peace can at times appear unachievable.
But as individuals, we can be the change needed to progress in the direction.
This can all start with displays of kindness and, of course, integrity.