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Armistice Day: Parade and Rally for Peace

When: Monday, November 11, 2019, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Boston Common • corner of Charles and Beacon Street • Boston

Attention Veterans & Peace Activists: Please join Veterans For Peace and The Leftist Marching Band for Armistice / Veterans Day for Peace

Veterans for Peace will proudly walk behind the first parade on Armistice / Veterans Day in Boston. We honor and celebrate the original intention for Armistice Day – a Day of Peace.

We will gather between 12:00 pm (noon) and 12:30 pm on the corner of Charles and Beacon Streets.

1st Parade steps off at 1:00 pm – our parade will follow the same route then we will continue to Faneuil Hall for our Armistice / Veterans Day for Peace Event at 2pm.

On Armistice Day Nov 11th at 2pm, the Boston chapter of Veterans For Peace (“Smedley Butler Brigade”) will hold a rally at Sam Adams park at Faneuil Hall.  Veterans from different eras will recite original works of Poetry, Prose and Song.  
The BU historian and Quincy Institute president Andrew Bacevich will speak.  Here’s one of Prof Bacevich’s recent pieces:  www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/yes-trump-please-end-the-american-era-in-the-middle-east/.  Quincy Institute is an ‘establishment’ think tank intending to promote diplomacy over war.
https://quincyinst.org/principles/
 
Note: The start time and place of the event has been subject to confusion.  The above information is confirmed as of Oct. 26 – Ed.
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Over one hundred years ago the world celebrated peace as a universal principle. The first World War had just ended and nations mourning their dead collectively called for an end to all wars. Armistice Day was born and was designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated.”

After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to rebrand November 11 as Veterans Day. Honoring the warrior quickly morphed into honoring the military and glorifying war. Armistice Day was flipped from a day for peace into a day for displays of militarism.
Veterans For Peace has taken the lead in lifting up the original intention of November 11th – as a day for peace. As veterans we know that a day that celebrates peace, not war, is the best way to honor the sacrifices of veterans. We want generations after us to never know the destruction war has wrought on people and the earth.

Veterans For Peace is calling on everyone to stand up for peace this Armistice Day. More than ever, the world faces a critical moment. Tensions are heightened around the world and the U.S. is engaged militarily in multiple countries, without an end in sight. Here at home we have seen the increasing militarization of our police forces and brutal crackdowns on dissent and people’s uprisings against state power. We must press our government to end reckless military interventions that endanger the entire world. We must build a culture of peace.

This Armistice Day, Veterans For Peace calls on the U.S. public to say no to more war and to demand justice and peace, at home and abroad. We know Peace is Possible and call for an end to all oppressive and violent policies, and for equality for all people.

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