Whereas, VFP members may wish to arrange an end of life memorial, and
Whereas, the memorial might be faith based, secular or personal, and
Whereas, among the latter is the traditional U.S. military, grave side, memorial service with a folded American flag presented to a family member or friend while taps is played by a bugler in dress uniform from the branch of the military of the deceased veteran, and
Whereas, Chapter 45 offers materials reflecting the values of VFP to supplement a member’s end of life memorial plan, and
Whereas, it initiates from the Veterans For Peace Statement of purpose, and
Whereas, this statement of peaceful nonviolence may become a meaningful language delivered at a veteran’s memorial service.
We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work with others
- To increase public awareness of the costs of war
- To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations
- To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear war.
- To seek justice for veterans and victims of war
- To abolish war as in instrument of national policy
To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.
Therefore Be It Resolved that an end of life memorial kit be available that includes a VFP Statement of Purpose Certificate with the deceased veteran’s name and a VFP flag to be presented symbolically to the family. The kit will be obtainable from the national VFP office.
Submitted by David Wise, Chapter 45 email@example.com 978-546-7395
Board Vote: Unanimous with amendment, “upon request and at the expense of the local chapter”
Convention Vote: 56 Aye 4 Nay
Board Rationale: We believe in the dignity of our VFP members to have available a kit, with a Certificate of Honor and a VFP flag, that members, or their family, might wish to add to a traditional memorial service, religious, secular or personal.
Samantha Smith, Chapter 45 found important consensus in its efforts to develop a supplementary memorial plan for the end of life.
We believed in the dignity of our VFP members to have available a kit, with a Certificate of Honor and a VFP flag, that members, or their family, might wish to add to a traditional memorial service, religious, secular or personal.
We encourage VFP Chapters and members to support this supplementary memorial plan.
Samantha Smith Chapter 45 - David Wise - firstname.lastname@example.org
Though the idea of a memorial kit for deceased VFP members is admirable, and in fact should have been thought of long ago, like all good ideas it turns into work. And resolutions are specifically prohibited from creating yet more work for the understaffed and overworked national office.
The VFP Statement of Purpose Certificate needs to be formatted to document size and a template created for inserting the deceased VFP member's name, and perhaps some wording about honoring those who have gone before, and a price designated for document creation, materials, and shipping, and a web-store listing designed. It is clear this resolution is not ready, and, as a former Resolutions Committee member, I would argue it should really not have been allowed to go to a vote. These may seem like fairly small chores, but someone, NOT STAFF, needs to do them first, or state that they will do them, before the resolution can properly be considered. Now that the item is before the member-ship, the proper way to respect resolutions guidelines and our staff is to vote the resolution down and send it back to the proposers to finish preparation.