Reclaim Armistice Day

Reclaim Armistice Day

Armistice Day 2021 is fast approaching!

Join Veterans For Peace as we once again take the lead to #ReclaimArmisticeDay and lift up November 11th as a day for peace. 

Veterans For Peace has been celebrating Armistice Day almost since the organization’s inception, with a few chapters doing yearly events. Since 2008 (view the official resolution) it has been a VFP national effort. Each year, chapters across the country “Reclaim Armistice Day” by pushing the celebration of peace into the national conversation on Veterans 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.

We are asking VFP members to do what they can to keep the conversation going around peace and Armistice Day. 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. Please let us know what you have planned by filling out this form.

Chapter actions will be listed on our Armistice Day webpage, so check back periodically to see if there is an event near you.

Let’s #ReclaimArmisticeDay!

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Ways To Take Action

11 Ways Take Action on Armistice Day (IN the days leading up to it)

  1. Fly the VFP flag from your yard: The VFP flag comes in two sizes and has grommets, which can be easily attached to any standard pole. Order your VFP flag from the VFP store by October 30th to ensure delivery in time for November 11th.
  2. Download & hang the Armistice Day Sign from your window: Hang the sign from your front window, or anywhere else you feel it would be most visible to others.
  3. Host a virtual peace vigil with your local peace groups: Call together your members and supporters by hosting a virtual action on Zoom. If you choose to meet in person this year, please wear masks and practice social distancing at your action. You can read the proclamation at your vigil and ring 11 bells for peace, as we do most years. Be sure to send us any photos of your action!
  4. Ring 11 bells for peace: Make it a community effort! Reach out to local churches, community centers, and schools to ring their bells at 11am. Here is a sample outreach letter from Chapter 27.
  5. Host a car caravan for peace: Pick a route and drive by your capital building or mayor’s office: Call your members and supporters out together, decorate your cars and bring your VFP flags to organize a drive-by action celebrating Armistice Day as a day of peace.
  6. Take action to end forever wars. Urge your senator to repeal the AUMF (Authorization for the Use of Military Force), and demand Congress address Pentagon waste and excess.
  7. Send letters to the editor: Write from the heart and tell them why you’re a veteran for peace and why you celebrate Armistice Day. If your OpEd or LTE is featured, please send us the link so we can share it!
  8. In the days leading up to Armistice Day, take part in the Advocacy Week for Peace on the Korean Peninsula (Nov 1-4) and the People’s Summit for Climate Justice (Nov 7-10) – Featured below!
  9. Tune in to Armistice Day TV! Veterans For Peace will stream 11 hours of Reclaim Armistice programming on November 11th through our Twitch channel hosted by the VFP initiative Gamers For Peace.
  10. Submit a proclamation to your city council: Reach out to your mayor, city council member, or county supervisor to create city and county proclamations in support of Armistice Day.
  11. Share the Liturgy of the Bells!: The Liturgy of the Bells is a great opportunity to reach out to local houses of worship to commemorate Armistice Day.

Pre-Armistice Day Actions!

U.S. Militarism, Space Tech, and the Climate Crisis – The Role of Demilitarization in Climate Justice

Veterans For Peace is going to COP26!

Veterans For Peace is going to COP26 and will co-host a workshopwith the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space (GN). The workshop, “U.S. Militarism, Space Tech, and the Climate Crisis – The Role of Demilitarization in Climate Justice” will take place at the People’s Summit for Climate Justice. Panelists include Adrienne Kinne, VFP Board President; David Collins, VFP UK; Lisa Savage and Koohan Paik-Mander from GN; and Ashik Siddique of the National Priorities Project.

Please register to attend online here.

About the People’s Summit: From the 7-10th Nov., as world leaders meet to discuss our future, the COP26 Coalition will host The People’s Summit for Climate Justice.The decisions made at COP26 will shape how governments respond (or not) to the climate crisis. But justice won’t be handed to us by world leaders or delivered by corporations. Only we can imagine and build the future that works for all of us. The solutions that we need already exist and are being practiced, but governments lack the political will to act. Indigenous and frontline communities have known the solutions for centuries.

Join the Korea Peace Advocacy Week!

Advocacy Week for Peace on the Korean Peninsula

VFP’s Korea Peace Campaign and the Korea Peace Now Grassroots Network are calling for an Advocacy Week for Peace on the Korean Peninsula from November 1st through 4th, 2021.

They will be urging members of Congress to support legislation for peace on the Korean peninsula. From Nov. 1-4, there will be two daily Zoom calls (one during the day and one in the evening) with an optional mini-training session on how to call and/or email your member of Congress, followed by the group placing themselves on mute while they call and/or email their member of Congress to ask them to support legislation for Korea peace!

*Registration ends on October 31, 2021*

Contact: kpc@veteransforpeace.org

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Veterans For Peace
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St. Louis, Missouri 63118
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