Join the Veterans for Peace, Peace Action-Wisconsin, United Nations Association, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and Pachamama Alliance at the City Hall Rotunda on Friday, November 11, at 7pm.
* Guest Speaker: Kathy Kelly, peace activist, pacifist & author, nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence in Chicago.*
* Music by Richard Pinney *
* Commemoration of post 9/11 war victims *
*Reflections by veterans on the true cost of war*
Speaker Kathy Kelly, as part of a peace team, has traveled to Iraq 26 times, remaining in combat zones during the early days of both US-Iraq wars. Her recent travel has focused on Afghanistan and Gaza, along with domestic protests against U.S. drone policy. She has been arrested more than 60 times at home and abroad, and written of her experiences among targets of U.S. military bombardment and inmates of U.S. prisons.
Glorify Peace, Not War: Armistice Day vs. Veterans Day
On the original Armistice Day, at the end of World War I, the world came together in realization that war is so horrible we must end it. Congress responded to a hope among Americans for no more wars by passing a resolution calling for “exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding.” Later, Congress added that November 11th was to be “a day dedicated to the cause of world peace.”
In 1954 Congress changed the name to Veterans Day, and in many cases it has become a celebration of militarism, honoring war rather than remembering the victims or veterans who served. We want to restore the tradition of Armistice Day as a day to promote world peace.