Veterans for Peace

Do you know why Veteran’s Day is observed on November 11th? At 11:00 on November 11, 1918 the Allied Nations and Germany signed an armistice ending World War I.

In its resolution to recognize November 11th, in1926,  the U.S. Congress wrote “. . .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.”

The group of Veterans who continue to observe the original purpose of remembering November 11th are  the Veterans for Peace.

Their statement of purpose is : “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 weapons: To seek justice for veterans and victims of war: To abolish war as an instrument of national policy.”

After World War I, W.E. B. DuBois, the civil rights leader and sociologist, wrote a story that reflects the purpose of veterans devoted to achieving peace.

Click on the following link to hear – Of the Children of Peace.

http://storytellingtheater.com/storytellingtheater.com/PERFORMANCE/Entries/2011/11/15_of_the_children_of_Peaceby_w._e._b._dubois.html

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