Armistice Day 100 — November 11, 2018

November 11, 2018, is Armistice Day 100 (or 101), a century since World War I was ended at a scheduled moment (11 o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918). For decades in the United States, as elsewhere, Armistice Day was a holiday of peace, of sad remembrance and joyful ending of war, of a commitment to preventing war in the future. The holiday’s name was changed in the United States after the U.S. war on Korea to “Veterans Day,” a largely pro-war holiday on which some U.S. cities forbid Veterans For Peace groups from marching in their parades.

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Due at least in large part to public opposition, Trump’s weapons parade in Washington D.C. has been canceled. Armistice Day has not been: Go here.

Trump plans to be in Paris, but France says it will not hold another weapons parade on that day. Putin says he will meet with Trump in Paris and try to talk him out of scrapping the INF treaty. And France says it will hold a “peace forum” including all sorts of good causes but apparently nothing about ending war, disarming, divesting from war profits, closing bases, or creating the rule of law for big war makers and weapons dealers.

Resources for your event helping to restore Armistice Day:

Find speakers, videos, powerpoints, activities, and ideas here.

One activity for 11 a.m. wherever you are, or some other appropriate time, is bell ringing. Here’s a kit from a Veterans For Peace chapter on a past Armistice Day.

Get and wear white poppies.

Flyers:

World BEYOND War flyers.

Posters:

JROTC Out of Our Schools.

Social Media:

A graphic you can use.

Another graphic.

A Facebook post to share.

A tweet to re-tweet.

Hashtags:

#ArmisticeDay #NoTrumparade #NoWar #WorldBeyondWar #ReclaimArmisticeDay

Shirts and Sweatshirts:

Get them here.

Educational Materials:

About Armistice Day:

Celebrate Armistice Day, Not Veterans Day

Tell the Truth: Veterans Day Is A National Day of Lying

An Armistice Day Newspaper from Veterans For Peace

We Need a New Armistice Day

Veterans Group: Reclaim Armistice Day As Day Of Peace

A Hundred Years After the Armistice

New Film Takes Stand Against Militarism

Wait Just a Minute

On Armistice Day, Let’s Celebrate Peace

Armistice Day 99 Years On and the Need for a Peace to End All Wars

Reclaim Armistice Day and Honor the Real Heroes

An Armistice Day Poem

Audio: David Rovics on Armistice Day

Armistice Day First

Audio: Talk Nation Radio: Stephen McKeown on Armistice Day

About the Trump Weapons Parade:

Trumparade of 2018 Stupidest Idea Since Philadelphia Liberty Loan Parade of 1918

Raining on Trump’s Parade

Hundreds of Thousands To Protest President Trump’s Military Parade If It Occurs

Veterans For Peace Condemns Military Parade

Marches on Washington to End the Wars

About the militarization of societies, police, and schools:

JROTC, Military Indoctrination and the Training of Mass Killers

Inside the U.S. Military Recruitment Program That Trained Nikolas Cruz to Be “A Very Good Shot”

Florida Gunman Nikolas Cruz Knew How to Use a Gun, Thanks to the NRA and the U.S. Army

Cruz, Instagram, and the Civilian Marksmanship Program

GI Nik Cruz

The Tide it is a Changin’

Can You Give Two Days to Stop the Slaughter?

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