In over 50 major cities and small towns, members of Veterans For Peace gathered across the nation to celebrate the original Armistice Day as was done at the end of World War I, when the world came together in realization that war is so horrible, we must end it now. They are reclaiming the original intention of that day with a worldwide call for peace in the face of the rising tide of global violence and war.
In their recent statement concerning November 11th, celebrated as Veterans Day and current U.S war policy, the group urges its members – this Armistice Day – to take a stand for peace, and the ask friends and allies to join them.
Many U.S citizens are unaware of the original meaning behind Armistice Day. After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to re-brand November 11th as Veterans Day. But honoring the warrior quickly morphed into honoring the military and glorifying war. Armistice Day was flipped from a to celebrate wars ending into a day for displays of militarism.
“When most people think of Veterans Day they don’t think about peace and ending war,” commented Michael McPhearson, National Executive Director of Veterans For Peace. “The day has become a time to for parades, flag waving and shopping. The celebration is hollow. Twenty-two veterans die each day to suicide. Many veterans are homeless and awaiting much needed healthcare. Others are struggling to find jobs. The best thing to do for veterans is to address these issues throughout the year and push our government to end our global wars.”
This Armistice Day, Veterans For Peace calls on the U.S. public to say no to more war and to demand justice and peace, at home and abroad. We call for the end to racist policies, and for equality for all people.
Veterans For Peace is a 30 year old national organization of men and women of all eras and duty stations, including World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan wars, as well as other conflicts. Veterans For Peace is dedicated to building a culture of peace, exposing the true costs of war, and supporting veterans and civilian victims of war. For more information, visit www.veteransforpeace.org.