Help Us Celebrate Armistice Day 2023!

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By Joshua Baker

Lloyd EcoDistrict joins our friends at Veterans For Peace (VFP) in a push to recognize November 11th as a day to celebrate and work towards peace. We’ve partnered with the local chapter of VFP since 2019 stewarding and reimaging their Peace Memorial Park, a space they designed as a memorial and park to call for peace.

From Veterans For Peace:

“This year we celebrate the 105th anniversary of the signing of the World War I armistice that ceased hostilities on the Western Front, which took effect on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. With this instrument, nations still recovering from the dreadful nightmare of WWI, one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, collectively embraced peace as a universal principle and called for an end to all wars. Armistice Day was initially designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated.” But when political conditions at the end of the “Great War” inevitably led to World War II, Armistice Day was rebranded as Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth and Veterans Day in the U.S. Stripped of its original intention, November 11 became a day identified with war instead of peace – a day for remembering yet more war dead, honoring all veterans, and glorifying militarism.

As military veterans serving the cause of world peace, Veterans For Peace is a leader in lifting up the original intention of November 11 as a day for celebrating peace. Some Veterans For Peace chapters held annual Armistice Day commemorations for years before an official Veterans For Peace resolution made it a VFP national effort in 2008. By coordinating events held across the country, we insert our call for peace into the national conversation each Veterans Day. Clearly, a day that celebrates peace, not war, is the best way to honor the sacrifices of those who have served in war. We know the destruction war has caused and continues to cause, and we understand its senseless futility. In reclaiming November 11 as Armistice Day, we call for an end to armed conflict and recommit ourselves to the hard work of building real and lasting peace.”

Some actions you can take to support peace and reclaim Armistice Day:

  • Learn more about the history of Armistice Day and the Veterans For Peace campaign to reclaim its original meaning here: https://www.veteransforpeace.org/take-action/armistice-day
  • 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. Click the in the sidebar to download and print!
  • 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.
  • Spread the word on social media. Share the VFP Armistice Day webpage and use the sample tweets from the sidebar to spread the word!
  • 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.
  • Organize or take part in a nonviolent direct action to raise awareness of the impacts of militarism on climate. Visit their Stop War, Save Climate page to see how you can take action.