Making Peace Vigil

Standing up for peace


Posted by strattof on July 31, 2014

August 4th will mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, “the war to end all wars.” Over the next six years, the Harper government plans to spend $38 million commemorating this and our country’s other wars.

Anniversaries provide an opportunity for reflection. The First World War caused terrible loss and suffering, claiming over 16 million lives, 61,000 of them Canadian, and leaving more than 20 million wounded.

Sadly, Canada is not using the World War I centenary to promote peace. Rather, our government is utilizing it to glorify war and promote militarism.

Where is the glory in war? War is a catastrophe for everyone who experiences it.

Let’s put aside the war-mongering and listen to the voice of peace.


1914 – 2014

V O I C E S   F O R   P E A C E

Politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves instead of organizing nothing better than legalized mass murder. ‒ Harry Patch, Britian’s last surviving World War I veteran

In war, the first casuality is truth. ‒ Aeschylus

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

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

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

May the noise of weapons cease! War always marks the failure of peace. It is always a defeat for humanity. ‒ Pope Francis

All we are saying is give peace a chance. John Lennon

Our motto should be: let us make peace so that we can concentrate on the really important work that needs to be done. That is, alleviating the plight of the poor and the defenceless, for as long as most of humanity feels the pain of poverty we all remain prisoners. Nelson Mandela

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing. ‒ Arundhati Roy 


1914 – 2014


The Canadian government is spending millions on war commemorations. At the same time, it is reducing the support it provides for veterans, especially the 40,000 Canadian soldiers who served in Afghanistan.

Canada needs to honour its veterans by providing them with all the support they need to deal with their physical and psychological injuries.

Another way to honour veterans would be to avoid creating new generations of wounded and dead soldiers. 

E N D   A L L   W A R S !


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