Planning is Underway for Armistice Day 2018!
One hundred years ago the world celebrated peace as a universal principle. 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.
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 around the world 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.
If you need tabling materials or VFP promo items for Armistice Day, please e-mail email@example.com! No matter what action you decide to take, please let us know so we can promote the work that you're doing.
Armistice Day Planning Calls
Thank you to all who participated in our first two Armistice Day planning calls. If you were unable to make it, please view the notes linked below:
The notes from the 3rd Armistice Day planning call and Doodle Poll with times for the next call will be up shortly. The chosen time will be emailed as soon as possible with instructions on how to get onto the call. We are currently trying to have a call approximately once a month.
Armistice Day T-Shirts
Existing tabling materials include buttons, stickers, and half page flyers with the VFP Armistice Day Statement. We are hoping to add an informational handout or fact sheet about Armistice Day for chapters to use as well. If you have existing resources, or would like to develop them, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your chapter has events planned on Armistice Day or in the months leading up to it, please submit the event information on this page.
For any other Armistice Day questions or concerns, please reach out to email@example.com for support.