Thursday, November 7, 2019


 NOVEMBER  11, 2019, 101st Anniversary
Compiled by Dick Bennett
(revised 11-12-19)

What’s at Stake:  Armistice Day celebrated the end of a horrendous slaughter and the renewal of peace.  The US government (the Democratic/Republican War Party) changed the Day to celebrate preparation for war.  Speak out for the restoration of Armistice Day.   (And call the Pentagon what it is: the War Department.)

See OMNI’s newsletters on US Armed Forces Day, US Military Industrial Complex (MIC), Arkansas MIC, many more related

Table of Contents:  Armistice Day Newsletter #13, November 11, 2019, 101st ANNIVERSARY
NADG Reporting the End of WWI Leading Not to Peace but as Veterans 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
The Humanist
Calendar of Peace Activities
Two Books offering an alternative history.
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.

Veterans Day
Here’s how UA’s Arkansas Alums celebrated Armistice Day as Veterans Day  in 2018:
University of Arkansas NEWS, Monday, November 12, 2018
For Whom the Bell Tolls: The Arkansas Alumni Association Salutes Veterans
Nov. 12, 2018    
  In honor of Veterans Day, the Bill and JoElla Toller Celebration Bell at the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House will peal for 11 minutes at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 12.   The Arkansas Alumni Association salutes all veterans and those who are currently serving our country in all branches of the U.S. military.   CONTACT
Debbie Blume, board and campaign coordinator
Arkansas Alumni Association
And here’s 2019
You're invited to Veterans Day Celebration on Nov.11
Armed Forces Alumni Society via 
5:01 AM (9 hours ago)

Veterans Day Celebration
In observance of Veterans Day, the Associated Student Government, Razorback Student Veterans, and the Armed Forces Alumni Society will honor and celebrate our university, faculty, staff, student and community Veterans.

Please join us on Monday, November 11, 2019 at the Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House at 5 PM to honor our Veterans.

Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

The Reception will begin at 5 PM and the Program will commence at 6 PM with remarks  from Brigadier General Bernard K. Skoch (U.S. Air Force, Retired).

Please contact Sara Gardner at or Michele Payne at with any questions you may have.

More From The Association

Arkansas Alumni Association
P. O. Box 1070
Fayetteville, AR 72702

   We  are confronted by militarism/war (Go Razorback red) and by warming, and we must SAY NO to both. That’s easy at UAF, because its motto is Veritate Duce Progredi: To Advance with Truth as Our Leader.  There (the university not the AAA) we can learn to question myths and propaganda, and the glorification of wars and warriors.  But in practice some of UAF’s  central activities promote the values of militarism (ROTC, football, research for the Pentagon).
     Throughout Arkansas, let’s make Veritate Duce Progredi our motto, despite the war propaganda from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
NADG (11-8-19)
p. 1B.  2 color photos:   “Honoring Veterans.”
First, UAAF  ROTC, one cadet holding flag, another a rifle, part of Honor Guard at Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville.
2nd,  The Helen Tyson Middle School All Girls’ Choir wave flags …representing the branches of the armed forces during a patriotic song.”
NADG (11-9-19), an increase of war promotion:
p. 7B  3 LTE support Veterans Day without a hint of historical context.
p. 8B  Two color photos, one of the Fort Chaffee color guard at the Tyson School of Innovation in Springdale, the other, same location, of musicians performing “Traveling Soldier.”
What is this with Tyson schools?
NADG (11-10-19)
5A  Full-page ad for Legends: Resort & Casino Arkansas: “Home of the Free, Because of the Brave.”  THANK YOU. To all the men and women who put our country first, we salute you….”  (Legends is operated by the Cherokee Nation, whose leaders haven’t studied the genocidal history of the indigenous people under US (white European) westward conquest, and therefore don’t know what putting “our country first” has meant to NA indigenous peoples.  They should read for a starter, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz) 
6A Photo of WWII reenactors as they marched in the Veterans Day parade in Erie, Pa.  (I suppose the NADG wanted to assure readers the war making is national not just Arkansas.)
3B  Two photos titled “Vet Parade,” the first showing a vet from Cave Springs unfurling a flag on the back of his motorcycle before the start of a Veterans Day parade  by Pig Trail Harley-Davidson.  The 2nd photo shows a long line of the motorcycles on College Avenue.
3H  3 LTE praising veterans, individually or indiscriminately, as invited by the NADG.
T7 Ad from the Village Inn restaurant in Fayetteville and Bentonville: “Proud to Serve Those who Serve This Veterans Day.  FREE V.I.B. To All Veterans and Active Military.”  See my several newsletters on “service.”   (#1 June 1, 2015 ; #2, July 30, 2015 ; #3, Dec. 4, 2015;; #4,

(I did not look at every page , but I expect there’s more in today’s Sunday paper.)

NADG  (11-11-19)
6A  Full page Veterans Day ad sponsored by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, featuring a large eagle head and the large caption “Courage,” and “Veterans Day: November 11, 2019, Thank You!, Honoring all who have served and are serving.”
1B  Stacy Ryburn, “Groups help homeless vets”
4B Two large photos (nearly half page total) of military speakers at the Stand with a Soldier: Honor our Veterans event, a “patriotic program and free concert for veterans” at the Fayetteville Town Center
6B  Half page ADG Editorial: “Veterans Day 2019: When it’s time to salute our neighbors”
6B Cartoon of veterans with many “Thank Yous”
6B Letter to editor titled “Shame on critics of decorated soldier”
7B Guest editorial by Boyd Ward: “His last mission: an uncle never came home”
7B LTE  “Greatest generation”
7B LTE “Important distinction”
7B LTE “War weighed heavily”
7B LTE “The hero next door”
7B LTE “Respond with respect”
NADG (11-12-19)
1A  (AP).   “Students Honor Veterans.”  Photo of mother and son celebrating grandfather veteran at “We Honor You” program at Thurman Smith Elementary School in Springdale.
A3  “President Honors Veterans at Tribute.”  “Trump told the crowd [in NYC] that the nation’s veterans often came face to face with evil and did not back down.”
1B  Photo of VNW vet being hugged by third-graders at Cooper Elementary in Bella Vista.
1B & 5B.  Dave Perozek.   “College Pays Tribute to Veterans.”  Article about guest military speaker’s speech on problems vets face back home, meaning of “warrior,” etc.  Accompanied by photo of speaker, Lt. Col. Timothy Rose.  Article mentions the “estimated 20 million military veterans” in the US, “representing about 10% of the total U.S. adult population.”  [One major explanation of the increasing militarization of our country.  –D]]
1B & 4B.  Doug Thompson.  “Sanders Praises Veterans at Event.  600 Attend GOP fundraiser in Rogers.”  “’In a world full of really bad guys, [US vets] are the really good guys,’ [Sarah] Sanders said.”  [A perfect example of the US delusion of US exceptionalism.]
2B.  Frank Lockwood.  “Arkansas Bugler Honored to Carry on Mournful Tradition.”  Biographical details of the bugler from Jonesboro (his dad and granddad were in the military), history of the melody (“played thousands of times each year” at Arlington), etc. half a page.
Summary:  For five days the NADG lauded war making and warriors without a sentence invoking the UofA’s motto, Veritate Duce Progredi,
to examine the justification of those wars or the “service” of all those millions of warriors.     Similarly, our Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), presented a series of pro-war or pro-vets documentaries, too many to list, but check your November Magazine (Nov. 2, “We’ll Meet Again: ‘Saved in Vietnam’” . . . . “Warrior Tradition” (Nov. 12).  The latter is a glorification of the warrior Comanche-Kiowa tradition.
   OMNI is a voice of the international peace movement.  Why?  For a citizen of the United States, the best reason is that hardly any of its wars is justifiable, was necessary.   OMNI’s numerous newsletters assemble the evidence, and this newsletter is its latest contribution.  Perhaps WWII in Europe is the closest to being justifiable.  Study it.   WORLD WAR II—THE “GOOD WAR”?—NEWSLETTER #2, December 4, 2018.

          Armistice Day!   VETERANS FOR PEACE
                 Armistice Day is right around the corner, and once again, Veterans For Peace is taking the lead to #ReclaimArmisticeDay. This year, as we celebrate the 101st Anniversary of Armistice Day we call for November 11 to be observed 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. 
                   Make sure to check out our website for ideas on ways you and your chapter can take action. We have compiled an amazing amount of resources from various chapters to help make your Armistice Day a success! We have sample Armistice Day proclamations that chapters have used in their cities, a Litany of Bells, sample flyers and press releases and more! 

 November 7, 2019 - Fire Drill Friday, Reclaim Armistice Day, People Over Pentagon, Get the war racket out of Fairbanks!, Golden Rule in Hawai'i, Kings Bay Plowshares update, News from Ireland, Korea Peace Campaign, Podcast: Dan Shea, Newsletter Available!, VFP in the News and Calendar!

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Hidden History : the Secret Origins of the First World War .   Gerry Docherty and Jim MacGregor.  Edinburgh Mainstream, 2013.  463 pages.  Illustrated edition.
  • Exposes those responsible for the First World War. This book reveals how accounts of the war's origins have been deliberately falsified to conceal the guilt of the secret cabal of rich and powerful men in London responsible for the heinous crime perpetrated on humanity.
  • The history of the First World War is a deliberately concocted lie. Not the sacrifice, the heroism, the horrendous waste of life or the misery that followed. No, these were very real, but the truth of how it all began and how it was unnecessarily and deliberately prolonged beyond I9I5 has been successfully covered up for a century. Hidden History uniquely exposes those responsible, revealing how accounts of the war's origins have been deliberately falsified to conceal the guilt of the secret cabal of very rich and powerful men in London responsible for one of the most heinous crimes perpetrated on humanity. For ten years, they plotted the destruction of Germany as the first stage of their plan to take control of the world. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand was no chance happening--it lit a fuse that had been carefully set through a chain of command stretching from Sarajevo through Belgrade and St. Petersburg to that cabal in London. Our understanding of these events has been firmly trapped in a web of falsehood and duplicity carefully constructed by the victors at Versailles in 1919 and maintained by compliant historians ever since. The official version is fatally flawed, warped by the volume of evidence they destroyed or concealed from public view. Hidden History poses a tantalizing challenge. The authors ask only that you examine the evidence they lay before you.--Adapted from book jacket.
  • Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 The Secret Society
  • ch. 2 South Africa
  • - Disregard the Screamers
  • ch. 3 The Edward Conspiracy
  • - First Steps and New Beginnings
  • ch. 4 Testing Warmer Waters
  • ch. 5 Taming the Bear
  • ch. 6 The Changing of the Guard
  • ch. 7 1906
  • - Landslide to Continuity
  • ch. 8 Alexander Isvolsky
  • - Hero and Villain
  • ch. 9 Scams and Scandals
  • ch. 10 Creating the Fear
  • ch. 11 Preparing the Empire
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  • ch. 5 Taming the Bear
  • ch. 6 The Changing of the Guard
  • ch. 7 1906
  • - Landslide to Continuity
  • ch. 8 Alexander Isvolsky
  • - Hero and Villain
  • ch. 9 Scams and Scandals
  • ch. 10 Creating the Fear
  • ch. 11 Preparing the Empire
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 Rev. in The War Crimes Times (Fall 2014) (Veterans for Peace). 
Tom Cahill.  “Historians and Journalists on Trial.”  P. 12.  “The true cause of the ‘Great War’ revealed. The authors have challenged the historians and journalists who have whored themselves to the financiers, politicians, industrialists, and military brass hats and their camp followers who have forever profited from the misfortune of others.”  

“If you read only one book on World War I, read Jack Beatty’s The Lost History of 1914: Reconsidering the Year the Great War Began.
In The Lost History of 1914, Jack Beatty offers a highly original view of World War I, testing against fresh evidence the long-dominant assumption that it was inevitable.

Other US wars falsely defended or glorified:
World War II, read Ted Grimsrud’s The Good War That Wasn’t — And Why It Matters: World War II’s Moral Legacy.
Vietnam War, read Nick Turse’s Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam.
On the morality of just war theory, read Robert Meagher’s Killing from the Inside Out: Moral Injury and Just War. I

See my newsletters on individual US wars and US militarism and imperialism.

VFPStore: You Can Still Get an Armistice Day T-Shirt!
Armistice Day Shirts never go out of style! We still have some left this year, in white or grey!  Make sure to get them before this special 100 Year Anniversary t-shirt is out of stock!       Buy Now!

Read Veterans For Peace’s special newspaper for 2018, the Armistice’s 100th Anniv.

END of 2019 ARMISTICE DAY NEWSLETTER (Reclaiming “Veterans Day”), November 11, 2019.

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