Veterans Day (Nov. 11) was originally called Armistice Day to celebrate the end of WWI and the idea of ending all war.
Over the last several years, Veterans For Peace chapters have taken the lead in celebrating Armistice Day onNovember 11. We are reclaiming the original intention of that day – a worldwide call for peace that was spurred by universal revulsion at the huge slaughter of World War One.
After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to re-brand November 11 as Veterans Day. Who could speak against that? But honoring the warrior quickly morphed into honoring the military and glorifying war. Armistice Day was flipped from a day for peace into a day for displays of militarism.
There are so many reasons to press governments to end reckless military interventions that endanger the entire world.
In Syria, the U.S. has armed and supported rebels who share its goal of overthrowing the Assad government. In Afghanistan, the U.S. bombed a Doctors Without Borders hospital. Don’t Tempt Nuclear War – End the U.S./NATO Confrontation with Russia U.S. and NATO forces must pull back from Russia’s borders. The U.S. should pull back from its so-called “Pivot to Asia,” where 60% of U.S. naval forces will be deployed. The United States, Russia and all nuclear powers must begin living up to their obligations under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). U.S. drone wars in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and beyond must end. The U.S. must begin dismantling its 900 military bases around the world. War Abroad Mirrors Racism and Violence at Home. This Armistice Day Veterans For Peace calls for justice and peace at home and abroad.
Stop the War on Mother Earth
For all of these reasons, stand with Veterans For Peace on Armistice Day, November 11, 2015 www.veteransforpeace.org
- Mourn all victims of violence.
- Reject war as a solution.
- Defend civil liberties.
- Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
- Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
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