The World Peace Flame was created in July 1999. Seven flames were lit by peacemakers on the five continents of the world. The individual flames were lit in Europe, Canada, the United States, Australia, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. They were flown across the oceans by military air forces and commercial airlines, and united into one eternally burning flame at a ceremony in Bangor, North Wales. Since then, the World Peace Flame has spread throughout the world in lanterns and candles lit from the original flame.