Help Us Celebrate Armistice Day 2019!
Veterans For Peace has been celebrating Armistice Day almost since the organization's inception, with a few chapters doing yearly events. However, in 2008 the effort became a national effort with the passage of an official Veterans For Peace resolution. Since then, chapters across the country have been "Reclaiming Armistice Day" pushing the celebration of peace into the national conversation on Veterans Day.
Over 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.
- Download our 11 Things to do on the 11th flyer.
- Participate an event near you. Or, plan your own event and register it here.
- Ring Bells for Peace.
- Reach out to local churches, community centers, and schools to ring their bells at 11am. Here is a sample outreach letter from Chapter 27.
- If you do not have access to bells to ring, download the Bell of Peace: Participation App - as the built-in countdown timer reaches 11am local, Bells of Peace will toll from every device; together; 21 times; in a remembrance of when the fighting ended on the Western Front.
- Distribute Armistice Day Materials. Get out in the community and spread the word!
- Observe Armistice Day in your faith community.
- Resources for observing Armistice Day in Communities of Faith
- Hymns for Armistice/Veteran’s Day
- Ask your house of worship to perform the “Elegy of the Bells / Litany of the Bells”.
- Take a look at the work NH Veterans For Peace has done with the New Hampshire Council of Churches.
- Contact Local Representatives. Reach out to your mayor, city council member, or county supervisor to create city and county proclamations in support of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day / Year.
- Share on Social Media. Share photos from your actions and plans for future actions on social media with the hashtag #ReclaimArmisticeDay. See more sample social media posts below.
- Add the Armistice Day frame to your Facebook profile picture.
- Tell us how you feel. Email firstname.lastname@example.org a short response to any of the following:
- Why do you celebrate Armistice Day?
- Why is it important for VFP to lift up Armistice Day as a day of peace?
- As a veteran, how do you wish to be honored on Veterans/Armistice Day?
- Any other comments on Armistice Day.
Use these sample tweets for Twitter:
@VFPNational will ring 11 bells this year to remember #ArmisticeDay, a day of #Peace
#VeteransDay, originally #ArmisticeDay
Remember #ArmisticeDay as a day of #Peace. #VeteransDay #VeteransForPeace
#ArmisticeDay: A reminder of the day leaders came together to end WWI - “war to end all wars” #VeteransForPeace
#ArmisticeDay began in 1918 to celebrate the end of World War I & the idea of ending all war. #VeteransForPeace
- Reclaiming Armistice Day: A Day to Perpetuate Peace
- Remembering Armistice Day (Page 5)
- At the State Capitol, Bells Toll for Peace - Roger Ehrlich
- On Armistice Day, Let’s Celebrate Peace - Kathy Kelly
- 2016 Letters to the Editor
- Why doesn't the US observe Armistice Day? We're more comfortable with war than peace
- Armistice Day Has Morphed Into Veterans Day*
- A Veteran Remembers - Howard Zinn
- Reclaim Armistice Day and Honor the Real Heroes - Arnold “Skip” Oliver
- Why Not Armistice Day? - Rory Fanning
- Armistice Day Poem - Fred Norman
- A Poem for My Children’s Teachers on Veteran’s Day 2015