Bells worldwide were rung on the 11th month, the 11th day, at 11 a.m. in 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. In fact, the best way to honor military veterans, both dead and alive, is to make a commitment to work for peace and to never again send citizen soldiers to an unjustifiable war.
If we want peace, we have to work for peace, and a good time to recommit to peace is on Armistice Day.
Veterans for Peace is sponsoring an Armistice Day Observance in Iowa City at 10:45 on Friday, November 11th, to be held at the Clinton St. entrance to Old Capitol. Bells will again ring at 11:00 AM. It is the only Armistice Day Observance in the state of Iowa, and will feature Veterans For Peace members from around the state.
The observance is free and open to the public.