Bells worldwide were rung on the 11th month, the 11th day, at 11 a.m. 1918 to celebrate and recognize the ending of WWI, “The war to end all wars. ” To commemorate that peaceful pledge, bells were rung around the world on November 11 for over 35 years. Congress declared November 11th , “ …a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” Then in 1954, Congress changed the name of the day to Veterans’ Day..
Veterans for Peace is made up of veterans of the armed services. To recognize the day as Armistice Day rather than Veterans’ Day is not at all intended as a slight to veterans. However, it appears that right now the country needs to recommit to a path of peace. We are engaged in the longest war in US history, we just bombed a hospital killing patients and staff and zero combatants, and Congress just approved a $30Billion increase to an already bloated military budget. The wars of the last seventy-five years have killed many more civilians than soldiers.
If we want peace, we have to work for peace, and a good time to recommit to peace is on Armistice Day. The Veterans for Peace Armistice Day Observance will be held in Iowa City at 10:45 on Wednesday, November 11th, at the Clinton St. entrance to Old Capitol. Bells will again ring at 11:00 AM. Free and open to the public.