Veterans Day

Veterans For Peace Armistice Day Commemoration, Tuesday - November 11th

Tuesday, November 11
Armistice Day Commemoration
10:30 am

Please join us in Portland's Pioneer Square (701 SW 6th) and bring a bell if you have one. At 11 o'clock we will circle around and ring bells together -- 11 chimes -- to celebrate the end of one of the bloodiest wars in history, and to call for cessation of today's hostilities and for the end of all war.  Cosponsors (to date):      Veterans For Peace Chapter 72,  Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Portland Branch,  -Code Pink Portland, Living Earth, Recruiter Watch, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, St. Luke Lutheran Peace and Justice Group.

Other Veterans for Peace Events

Tuesday, November 11
VFP Monthly Meeting
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

First Unitarian Church (Buchan Bldg., lower level)
1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland
 
Wednesday, November 12
Twilight Café charity initiative
7 p.m – 9 p.m.

Percentage sales and all tips donated to VFP72
1420 SE Powell St., Portland
(thank you Sean Lewis)
 
Tuesday, November 18
A talk by Reese Erlich:   Assad, ISIS, Obama and US Middle East Policy
7:00 p.m.

College of Urban and Public Affairs, Second Floor Gallery
Portland State University
506 SW Mill Street

Foreign Correspondent and investigative reporter Reese Erlich discusses his new book,  Inside Syria: the Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect., foreword by Noam Chomsky.  Erlich recently returned from northern Iraq where he interviewed displaced Yazidis, peshmerga fighters and US diplomats. He will discuss the growing influence of extremist rebel groups and why the US bombing campaign will hurt both Americans and people of the region. Erlich has covered the Middle East for almost 30 years, reported from Syria five times and visited all its neighboring countries.

Reese Erlich's history in journalism goes back over 40 years. He first worked as a staff writer and research editor for “Ramparts”, an investigative reporting magazine published in San Francisco from 1963 to 1975. Today he works as a full-time print and broadcast, freelance reporter. He reports regularly for National Public Radio, CBC, ABC (Australia), and Radio Deutsche Welle. He is special correspondent for GlobalPost.  His television documentaries have aired on PBS stations nationwide.
Free and Open to the Public
Sponsors: Middle East Studies Center, Office of International Affairs, Portland State University in collaboration with World Affairs Council

Veterans For Peace chapter 72 to remember Armistice Day

Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square

When: Friday, November 11, 2011 11:11 AM

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, it became “All quiet on the western front.” An armistice signed at six o’clock that morning took effect and brought a cease-fire to the “War to end all wars.” Since that fateful hour, most nations, which fought in that conflict, observe Armistice Day. The United States in 1938 made it official with a proclamation that states in part: “…it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and…inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.” 

Unfortunately the horrors of World War One were to be outdone by those of World War Two and to honor the sacrifices of the veterans who fought in it, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day in 1954. While it is fitting and proper to honor all veterans for their service, it is a shame that the original intent of November eleventh has become lost to the militarization and commercialization of this important date. 

Veterans For Peace chapter 72 will be gathering at the Pioneer Courthouse Square for our seventh annual commemoration of this solemn day. We invite the public to join us “with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations;…”.

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