ARMISTICE DAY/ WORLD UNITY DAY NEWSLETTER (Reclaiming “Veterans Day”)
NOVEMBER 11, 2020, 102nd Anniversary
WE, THE PEOPLE BUILDING A CULTURE OF PEACE AND JUSTICE FOR THE PLANET.
Compiled by Dick Bennett
What’s at Stake: An addition to US militarization: the replacement of a day of peace—Armistice Day—with a celebration of warriors.
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Table of Contents OMNI Armistice Day Newsletter #14, November 11, 2020, 102nd ANNIVERSARY
Vonnegut on Armistice Day
Veterans for Peace
Reclaim Armistice Day
World Beyond War: Remembrance Day to Mourn the Dead
and Abolish War
Newsletter #13 Contents
TEXTS ARMISTICE DAY NEWSLETTER
Taking Action Nov. 11 to #ReclaimArmisticeDay in the Time of COVID 2020
Armistice Day 2018-2019 in Washington, D.C. with VETERANS FOR PEACE
The weekend before Armistice Day, Veterans For Peace was lucky enough to be invited to join Jane Fonda at Fire Drill Fridays in Washington, D.C - actions to bring urgent attention to important intersectional analysis around Climate Change. Friday, November 8th focused on the intersection between War, Military and the Climate Crisis. About a dozen VFP members from Minnesota, North Carolina, Philadelphia, and as far away as California were joined local VFP members to march alongside Jane Fonda, CodePink and more. Speakers at the event included VFP Advisory Board Member Phyllis Bennis, Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and Krystal Two Bulls of About Face. Check out the Livestream.
On Armistice Day Ron Carvers’ Waging Peace in Vietnam exhibit (which was featured at the VFP Convention in Spokane) opened its run in D.C. at George Washington University. The opening was followed by a week-long series of events that included commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Mobilization Demonstration against the Vietnam War, the largest antiwar protest in American history, a book launch, a peace poetry open mic, three movies, the reenactment of Cortright v Resor and a full day symposium with the morning focused on convincing historians to include the GI Movement when teaching and writing about the war.
Listen to the audio documentary: Soldiers for Peace - featuring VFP members Susan Schnall, Paul Cox, VFP poet laureate Jan Barry, and more
On the 101st Anniversary of Armistice Day, VFP Chapters and Members across the U.S. and abroad once again took the lead to Reclaim Armistice Day as a "day dedicated to the cause of world peace," as it was celebrated at the end of World War I when the world came together to recognize the need for lasting peace. On our website you will find our featured stories, reports from local chapter actions, and links to articles, podcasts, radio shows, videos and more from Veterans For Peace members and chapters reclaiming Armistice Day across the globe!
You can view the full Armistice Day 2019 photo album here for additional pictures from actions across the world!
World BEYOND War Big Plans: Remembrance / Armistice Day 10-23-2020
Comment 2019 on NADG Reporting Armistice Day by Abel Tomlinson.
NWA Letters to the Editor 11-27-19
Newspaper should cover peace efforts thoroughly.
For the sake of balance and peace, I offer a counterpoint to the Democrat-Gazette's Veterans Day extravaganza. Remarkably, the newspaper went overboard with a full page ad, and over two more full pages of editorials, cartoons, images and stories.
Please recall that Nov. 11 was originally Armistice Day, an internationally recognized day for peace, a solemn remembrance of the horrors of world war. Many nations still celebrate it, but the U.S. government replaced it in 1954.
Many veterans, past and present, have denounced this change. In fact, the wonderful organization Veterans for Peace is engaged in a #ReclaimArmisticeDay campaign.
In 1973, author and World War II veteran Kurt Vonnegut wrote:
"(Once upon a time,) all the people (who fought in World War I) were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It was during that minute ... that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. (Old) men who were on battlefields ... told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God ... when God spoke clearly to mankind.
Armistice Day has become Veterans Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans Day is not. So I will throw Veterans Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don't want to throw away any sacred things."
Rory Fanning, a more recent veteran of the so-called global war on terror, wrote, "Armistice Day was sacred because it was intended to evoke memories of fear, pain, suffering, military incompetence, greed and destruction on the grandest scale for those who had participated in war ... Armistice Day was a hallowed anniversary because it was supposed to protect future life from future wars.
"Veterans Day, instead, celebrates 'heroes' and encourages others to dream of playing the hero themselves ... But becoming a 'hero' means going off to kill and be killed in ... one of our government's current, unending wars ... for reasons that have very little to do with democracy or freedom. (The) day is more of a slap in the face than a pat on the back to those who served, despite the endless thank yous, parades, (etc.)."
I applaud the Democrat-Gazette should they publish this, in the interest of First Amendment freedoms, which our veterans are told they fight for. Ironically, we should thank Trump's intermittent dark honesty in admitting troops are fighting for oil in Syria. Bush and Obama were not half that honest.
If we are sincere about honoring veterans, we must work harder at understanding causes of wars, and harder at preventing them. What could be more disrespectful to veterans than sending more youth to kill and die in another preventable war?
I helped organize events for peace locally, including three months of weekly "Stop Iran war" protests this summer, and rarely the Democrat-Gazette covers them. KNWA and 40/29 cover them often, in more depth. I encourage the Democrat-Gazette to offer more balanced war and peace coverage, or explain why not?
11/27/2019 NWA Letters to the Editor
Janine Jackson takes a quick look at coverage of Veterans Day 2019, including the origin and peacemaking purpose of Armistice Day.
MP3 Link FAIRNESS & ACCURACY IN REPORTING
Table of Contents: OMNI Armistice Day Newsletter #13, November 11, 2019, 101st ANNIVERSARY
NADG Reporting the End of WWI Leading Not to Peace but as Veteran’s Day preparing for the next war, from Nov. 8 to Nov. 12.
Let’s Celebrate Peace Not War
Veterans for Peace
World Beyond War, David Swanson
Calendar of Peace Activities
Two Books offering an
Docherty and MacGregor, Hidden History: the Secret Origins of the First World War.
Jack Beatty, The Lost History of 1914.
Other US Wars.
Kurt Vonnegut on Armistice Day.
Buy an Armistice Day shirt.
Read OMNI’s newsletters on WWI and other US Wars.
END OMNI ARMISTICE DAY NEWSLETTER #14