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Over one hundred years ago the world celebrated peace as a
universal principle. The first World War had just ended and nations mourning
their dead collectively called for an end to all wars. Armistice Day was
born and was designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace
and to be thereafter celebrated."
After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to rebrand
November 11 as Veterans Day. 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.
Veterans For Peace has taken the lead in lifting up the original
intention of November 11th – as a day for peace. As veterans we know that a day
that celebrates peace, not war, is the best way to honor the sacrifices of
veterans. We want generations after us to never know the destruction war has
wrought on people and the earth.
Veterans For Peace has been celebrating Armistice Day almost
since the organization's inception, with a few chapters doing yearly events.
Since 2008, with the passing of an official Veterans
For Peace resolution, it became a VFP national effort. Each year,
chapters across the country "Reclaim Armistice Day" by pushing the
celebration of peace into the national conversation on Veterans Day.
Veterans For Peace is calling on everyone to stand up for peace
this Armistice Day. More than ever, the world faces a critical moment. Tensions
are heightened around the world and the U.S. is engaged militarily in
multiple countries, without an end in sight. Here at home we have seen
the increasing militarization of our police forces and brutal crackdowns on
dissent and people’s uprisings against state power. We must press our
government to end reckless military interventions that endanger the entire
world. We must build a culture of peace.
This year, Armistice Day celebrations will look a little
different than in past years. Many of our chapters are hosting virtual actions
instead of gathering in person. If you’re not sure how to arrange something
like that, please email our membership coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have compiled a list of COVID-safe actions for you to take
this year. We are asking VFP members to do what they can to keep the
conversation going around peace and Armistice Day. Please let us know what you
have planned by filling
out this form.