On World Storytelling Day, March 20, at 6 p.m., veterans, those who care about veterans, and peace and justice activists, will gather in Guild Hall at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. The event, sponsored by Veterans for Peace Chapter 27 and the Plymouth Church Global Connections Committee, culminates several months of artistic activity, with veterans designing and casting their own bells in the spirit of the original 1918 Armistice. For over 25 years Veterans for Peace has celebrated November 11 with bells ringing 11 times at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, when the Armistice ending World War I was signed. It was a time when the world came together for a number of years to say "This war was so horrendous we must never do it again". It was a time when the President of the United States could make a Memorial Day speech, saying, "We are gathered here to honor those who've given their lives in service, and there is no greater honor we could offer than to do everything possible to keep future wars from occurring."
In order to measure success first you have to recognize what success would look like. This is an important question for anyone who has a goal or objective they wish to achieve. This is a question we should all be asking ourselves whenever we plan an action. How will we know if we are successful, just showing up is usually not enough.
This past April Congressman Keith Ellison submitted to the Congressional Record a notice of what the Kellogg Briand Pact is and our chapter’s involvement in calling attention to this Pact that outlaws war. Additionally he encouraged members to look for the winners of a Peace Essay Contest facilitated by the West Suburban Peacemakers of Chicago entitled “How can the U.S. obey the law against war?” The best of these essays are to be submitted to Congress in August.
It was at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 that World War I was halted as a result of the signing of the armistice between the Allied Nations and Germany. In the years to follow, people from around the world have stopped what they were doing at 11:00 AM local time on November 11th in silent rememberance of the point in time when what’s been known as the “War to end all wars” that took the lives of tens of millions of people came to an end. In other commemorations of that peaceful pledge begun on the 11th hour of November 11, 1918, bells have been rung from
We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work, with others
To increase public awareness of the costs of war
To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations
To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons
To seek justice for veterans and victims of war
To abolish war as an instrument of national policy.
To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.
Veterans For Peace, Minnesota Chapter 27
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