Reclaim Armistice Day

It’s probably just as well the 45th president cancelled his military parade and commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

Armistice Day was born and designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated.”

That is anything like what the administration had in mind with their over-priced military parade.

President Trump blamed the high cost of the parade on local politicians seeking a financial windfall. Since he is reputed to have worked with the mob on construction projects, that’s hard to swallow. He knows what goes on and should have known its high cost when he proposed the boondoggle. As General Anthony McAuliffe told the Germans at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, “nuts” to Trump.

After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to rebrand Nov. 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 Nov. 11 – 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.

What was missed in the news coverage of the administration’s militarism is Veterans for Peace worked tirelessly to organize a silent memorial march to reclaim Armistice Day in Washington, D.C. Had the government parade proceeded on schedule, 187 organizations, including hundreds of veterans, had plans to join a parade protest.

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, 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 Armistice Day, Veterans For Peace calls on the U.S. public to say no to more war 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.

For more information about Veterans for Peace Armistice Day activities, click here.

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