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Veterans For Peace Chapter 92

(VFP 92) is the local chapter of Veterans For Peace in the greater Seattle area.

Armistice Day Parade and Luncheon

Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 10:30am

Armistice Day Parade, Saturday, November 5!

Veterans For Peace will be marching in the Armistice  (Veterans) Day parade in Auburn for the tenth straight year this November 5! Join us!  The luncheon will follow the parade at around 1 pm at St Matthew/ San Mateo Episcopal Church,  123 L Street NE, Auburn, WA  98002

To march in the Parade: Our staging area is on  I Street SE, position #138. We will have a vehicle if anyone wants to ride.

be there no later than 11:30 am. 

We will have a table near the reviewing stand area: MAP

Lunch will be about 1 pm following the parade.

Armistice Day info

Parade Info: http://www.auburnwa.gov/things_to_do/community/vdp_s_p213.htm

11/11/11 Will Be Celebrated as Originally Intended: As Armistice Day!

Coleen Rowley  
Former FBI Special Agent
Huffington Post 1-11-12
Why will members of Veterans for Peace again ring bells 11 times on Armistice /Veterans Day instead of shooting guns into the air?
As David Swanson, (founder of War Is A Crime.org and author of War Is A Lie) explains in his piece "Fahrenheit 11-11-11":
Believe it or not, November 11th was not made a holiday in order to



Friday, November 11, 2016 - 10:30am
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
                                                        A.J. Muste
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