The True Meaning Of November 11: Reclaiming Armistice Day

The Wort 89.9 FM Access Hour Radio Show with Veterans for Peace-Madison, Clarence Kailin Chapter 25

“Reclaiming Armistice Day”: To interview veterans, play relevant music, read poetry of WW I, and discuss the true/original history/ meaning of Armistice Day.

Veterans for Peace are troubled by the way Americans observe Veterans Day on November 11th

“It was originally called Armistice Day, and established by Congress in 1926 to “perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations, (and later) a day dedicated to the cause of world peace.” For years, many churches rang their bells on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – the time that the guns fell silent on the Western Front by which time sixteen million had died.”

“To put it bluntly, in 1954 Armistice Day was hijacked by a militaristic congress, and today few Americans understand the original purpose of the occasion, or even remember it. The message of peace seeking has vanished. Now known as Veterans Day, it has devolved into a hyper-nationalistic worship ceremony for war and the putatively valiant warriors who wage it.”

Contact: John Fournelle

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