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Eisenhower Armistice Day

November 11, 2011 by staff 

Eisenhower Armistice Day, Why will members of Veterans for Peace again ring bells 11 times on Armistice /Veterans Day instead of shooting guns into the air?

As David Swanson, (founder of War Is A Crime.org and author of War Is A Lie) explains in his piece “Fahrenheit 11-11-11″:

Believe it or not, November 11th was not made a holiday in order to celebrate war, support troops, or cheer the 11th year of occupying Afghanistan. This day was made a holiday in order to celebrate an armistice that ended what was up until that point, in 1918, one of the worst things our species had thus far done to itself, namely World War I. World War I, then known simply as the world war or the great war, had been marketed as a war to end war. Celebrating its end was also understood as celebrating the end of all wars. A ten-year campaign was launched in 1918 that in 1928 created the Kellogg-Briand Pact, legally banning all wars. That treaty is still on the books, which is why war making is a criminal act and how Nazis came to be prosecuted for it.
In the words of Thomas Hall Shastid in 1927:

[O]n November 11, 1918, there ended the most unnecessary, the most financially exhausting, and the most terribly fatal of all the wars that the world has ever known. Twenty millions of men and women, in that war, were killed outright, or died later from wounds. The Spanish influenza, admittedly caused by the War and nothing else, killed, in various lands, one hundred million persons more.
Writer Kurt Vonnegut, a WWII POW later wrote:

…November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy all the people of all nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month. It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind. Armistice Day has become Veteran’s Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veteran’s Day is not… Armistice Day I will keep. I don’t want to throw away any sacred things.
Bells worldwide were therefore rung on the 11th month, the 11th day, at 11 a.m. in 1918 to celebrate and recognize the ending of WWI, ” the war to end all wars. ” To commemorate that peaceful pledge, bells were rung around the world on November 11 for over 35 years. The U.S. Congress declared November 11 a holiday in 1938, ” …a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as “Armistice Day.” But on June 1, 1954 the bells were silenced. President Eisenhower signed the 83rd Congress’ Amendment to the Act of 1938 by deleting the word “Armistice” and inserting in its place the word “Veterans” thus politicizing the day. Many Veterans For Peace (VFP) members feel that the substitution of the word “Armistice” to “Veterans” changes the focus from peace to war.

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