I know this is a few days late, but this week has been super busy and I would be remiss if I let Armistice Day pass without mention. I’d like to take a moment to re-post from the Veterans For Peace facebook page:
“More than a few veterans, Veterans For Peace among them, are troubled by the way Americans observe Veterans Day on November 11th. It was originally called Armistice Day, and established by Congress in 1926 to “perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations, (and later) a day dedicated to the cause of world peace.” For years, many churches rang their bells on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – the time that the guns fell silent on the Western Front by which time 16 million had died.
To put it bluntly, in 1954 Armistice Day was hijacked by a militaristic congress, and today few Americans understand the original purpose of the occasion, or even remember it. The message of peace seeking has vanished. Now known as Veterans Day, it has devolved into a hyper-nationalistic worship ceremony for war and the valiant warriors who wage it.”
I’d like to thank members of the military, peace activists, and all of those that serve our country, officially and unofficially, for the suffering and many sacrifices endured. Let us continue to work together to choose the path of peace.
I’d also like to share this video, please listen, absorb, and let’s put it into action every moment of every day: