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Originally created after World War One, Armistice Day, November 11, was created and commemorated to acknowledge the end of that war, known at the time as “the war to end all wars.” It was created - not to glorify the war, or the military, or Veterans for that matter, but to celebrate the principle of World Peace.
After World War Two, Congress rebranded Armistice Day as “Veterans Day.” As a result,there is now less talk of the celebration of the principle of World Peace and more valorization of war and veterans. Wars are all too often perpetuated on lies, and the powerful and the wealthy send other people’s sons and daughters to fight and die.
Almost since its inception, VFP has been celebrating the original Armistice Day. In years past, across America, bells in churches and other places would ring a bell eleven times at 11 AM on November 11, to honor the dead and celebrate world peace. Many, many Veterans all across America wish to reclaim Armistice day,
Doing this would truly honor all Veterans. Let’
President, Veterans for Peace, Dan Lyons Chapter 178