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Veterans Plan Armistice Day Events in Cities Across the U.S.
ST. LOUIS, MO. - Veterans For Peace chapters across the United States are gathering to “Reclaim Armistice Day” the original intention of Veteran’s Day.
Almost a hundred years ago the world celebrated peace as a universal principal. The first World War had just ended and nations mourning their dead collectively called for an end to all wars. Armistice Day was born and was designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated."
After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to rebrand November 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 November 11th – 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. <To Read Full Statement>
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MILITARY SERVICE: He was a field artillery officer in the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division during Desert Shield /Desert Storm. Michael joined the Army Reserve in 1981. He is a ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate of Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. His military career includes 6 years of reserve service and 5 years of active duty service. He separated from active duty in 1992 as a Captain.
MILITARY SERVICE: Georgia Army National Guard as an infantry soldier from 2011 to 2013
MILITARY SERVICE: Served four years on active duty (U.S. Army) as a cannon crewmember
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Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985. It is structured around a national office in Saint Louis, MO and comprised of members across the country organized in chapters or as at-large members. The organization includes men and women veterans of all eras and duty stations including from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and current Iraq wars as well as other conflicts. Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary.