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TO REMEMBER IS TO WORK FOR PEACE: REMEMBRANCE DAY 2012

Posted by strattof on November 9, 2012

AFGHANISTAN: REMEMBERING THOSE KILLED  20012012

CANADIANS: 158

SOLDIERS FROM OTHER NATO NATIONS: 2866

AFGHAN SOLDIERS: Untold 1000s

AFGHAN CIVILIANS: Untold 10s of 1000s

REMEMBER FOR PEACE

WHEN THE POWER OF LOVE OVERCOMES THE LOVE OF POWER THE WORLD WILL KNOW PEACE–Jimi Hendrix

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or under the holy name of liberty or democracy?–Mahatma Gandhi

It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.–Albert Einstein

We used to wonder where war lives, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves.–Albert Camus

Peace is the wholeness created by right relationships with oneself, other persons, other cultures, other life, Earth and the larger whole of which we are a part.–The Earth Charter

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.–Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can bomb the world to pieces but you can’t bomb the world to peace.–Michael Franti

WHITE POPPIES & RED PEACE BUTTONS

In place of the traditional red poppy, some of us are wearing a white poppy or a red Mennonite peace button. Our reason is as follows:

The red poppy has been the emblem of Remembrance Day in Canada since 1921. In the beginning, Remembrance Day ceremonies were an occasion to mourn the dead, renounce war, and pledge to work for peace.

In recent years, however, Remembrance Day events have become celebrations of militaristic values and opportunities to build support for war and massive military spending.

Both the white poppy and the red peace button are symbols of peace without violence. As is written on the red peace button, “To Remember Is To Work For Peace.”

If you would like a white poppy or a red peace button, please ask one of us. We are happy to give you one of each, as long as our supplies last.

To order white poppies for future Remembrance Days, go to: www.ppu.org.uk

Red Peace buttons can be purchased at Ten Thousand Villages, 544 University Park Drive, 347-5766.

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