The holiday of Thanksgiving, as we all know, marks a period of history that resulted in the slaughtering of thousands of Native Americans, the stealing and pillaging of their land, and the spreading of disease among their people. However, it also marks a unique opportunity for us to discuss peace and justice in various settings with individuals outside our typical audience. To many people, this holiday has come to represent the values of gratitude, reflection, and peace. The holiday season opens the hearts of people and can allow a seed to be planted within them. As peacemakers, we can use this time of year to spread the VFP message.
Please share the VFP Thanksgiving Day message. You can use this statement to write a Letter to the Editor, ask your church to post it in their bulletin, share it on social media, or print off the statement to post to local community boards.
Veterans For Peace 2014 Thanksgiving Message
"Let us remember those within our own communities who live in poverty, violence, and oppression. How can we work to end indifference to their suffering and mend the community bonds that tie us together?
"Let us be mindful of the many ways we can build a peace-filled community. A peaceful world comes from the people, so this work is dependent on each of us. Every small, sincere movement toward peace will bring us closer.
“Let is also remember as Veterans For Peace veterans, families and friends, to be thankful for each other as we work together to create the peace we seek in the world.”