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Thursday, October 11, 2018
In Boston Time to reclaim Armistice Day as a day of PEACE
Time to reclaim Armistice Day as a day of PEACE
The Smedley Butler Brigade of Veterans for peace in Boston, long prohibited from being in the Veterans Day parade (too political), will again be having the "follow up" parade (20+ years??), but this year we want to make it as clear as possible that our event is an Armistice Day commemoration. US legislation calls for a period of silence, to reflect on the horror of war, and then for church bells to be rung as a sign of rededication to world peace. THIS IS A LEGITIMATE US HOLIDAY FOR PEACE!! We need to take it back from the Military Industrial Complex and we want you to join us.
Here is the legislation which created, in the United States, Armistice Day:
President Wilson’s Proclamation of 1919
“To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn
pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude
for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because
of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and
justice in the councils of the nations...”
We would love to have your organization become a part of this important event. 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 Day for Peace Event includes Veterans from different eras who will recite original works of Poetry, Prose and Song
. The only way to get our government and media to take notice of our demands is to put large numbers of people in the street. We need to work together. Our strength is in our numbers.
This is also a fun and festive activity with music and lots of energy. Bring your banner, make a sign, raise your voice, and spread the word. The Vets are organizing! The people are marching!