ARMISTICE DAY CEREMONY AT ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL ON VETERANS DAY, NOVEMBER 11
10:30 am, the south side of St James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave Seattle (first Hill)
Invitation to join veterans at this celebration of peace
Veterans For Peace Seattle Chapter will renew and honor the original intent of Armistice Day, now called Veterans Day, with a ringing of bells at St James Cathedral, Seattle on November 11th at 11:00am.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, the guns finally fell silent on the Western Front, ending the slaughter that took the lives of seventeen million people. In November 1919 President Wilson signed a proclamation commemorating the end of the war which stated "...the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride for those who died in the country's service..."
In 1926 the US Congress passed a resolution stating "it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations..."
On May 13, 1938 Congress made November 11th a legal holiday, celebrated as Armistice Day and dedicated to the cause of world peace and honoring veterans. In 1954, at the urging of veterans service organizations, notably the American Legion, the 1938 act was amended striking out "Armistice" and substituting "Veterans" making Veterans Day a day to honor veterans.
Armistice Day changed from a day dedicated to celebrating world peace to honoring the military and its personnel, ending up as parades and ceremonies glorifying war.
You cannot honor veterans without talking about war and peace. We have now been engaged in a twenty five year war in the mid east that has taken the lives of over 250,000 people, mostly civilians, including over eight thousand Americans. In Veterans for Peace Statement of Purpose, we state we "seek justice for veterans and victims of war " and seek to "abolish war as an instrument of national policy". To that end we call for a cease fire and negotiations to start the process of ending these wars.
This Armistice Day Veterans For Peace will join with others at November 11th, 10:30 AM, on the south side of St James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave Seattle (first Hill) for a ceremony that will include a short statement on Armistice Day, the ringing of the bells ,a moment of silence, and some songs commemorating the spirit of the day.
Armistice day celebrations have always honored veterans. Veterans Day celebrations should also remember that peace was something for which soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen gave their lives.
There is no way to peace; peace is the way