SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11th 2017
Reclaim and Celebrate Armistice Day
(aka Veterans Day) as a Day of Peace with Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 at
Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
We will gather at 10:30 am; at 11:00, we will chime our bells 11 times to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the end of World War I.
We will then observe two minutes of silence—one minute dedicated to the many millions of soldiers who died in WWI, and one dedicated to the living—the wives, children and families left behind but deeply affected by the conflict.
After a brief statement from Veterans For Peace, those present will be invited to speak or recite prose or poetry in an open mic format.
Bring a bell!
Ninety-nine years years ago, the world celebrated peace as a universal principal. 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 re-brand 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.
This Armistice Day, Veterans For Peace calls on the U.S. public to say No To More War, No War on Korea, No to Nuclear Threats and Proliferation and to Demand Justice and Peace, at Home and Abroad. We know Peace is Possible and call for an end to all oppressive and violent policies, and for equality for all people.
Sponsored by Veterans For Peace Portland Ch. 72 • vfpchapter72.org • veteransforpeace.org • INFO: Contact Dan at 503-750-7649
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