Open Letter I sent to Portland Oregon Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioners
Regarding the Mayor's Veterans Day Proclamation which I believe his Proclamation is to be presented this Wednesday at the City Council Meeting
I am asking him to reconsider.
Dear Mayor Wheeler and City Council Members
Reading your proposed 2018 Veterans Day Proclamation is unfortunately the usual glorification of veterans serving the masters of war.
While I know your intentions are meant to honor our veterans, something that has become so common place on calendars on Nov 11th, that it is celebrated as a National Holiday, with Veterans Day Parades and with all the pomp and circumstance of a premier to a blockbuster movie.
Everybody wants to get into the act, stores offer Veterans Day Discounts, Restaurants offer free meals to Veteran Families, all well and good but we fail to address the plight of homeless veterans, the why of 20 to 22 veteran suicides a day, the wounded in body and mind, and the betrayals of our Congressional Representatives that are trying to privatize our Veterans Healthcare.
The why is war, we celebrate war disguised as platitudes to our Veterans.
I am Viet Nam Veteran, who served as a Combat Marine Machine Gunner in Quang Tri Province in 1968 and saw the face of war, it was death, a death that follows you home, even after 50 years.
I don't want your platitudes, your proclamations honoring me for losing part of my soul, for being an occupier and an instrument death, I want you to honor the true spirit of November 11th Armistice Day which will be the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI and it's intended proclamation to be "The End of All Wars"
I am a member of the Portland Oregon Veterans For Peace Chapter 72 and am serving my third year on the National Board of Directors of Veterans For Peace whose members have served in WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Iraq and many regime change special operations you're not supposed to know about.
We have members all over the world and we are resolute in Reclaiming Armistice Day and Celebrating Peace
Please reconsider the language in your Veterans Day Promulgation, join Veterans For Peace in Reclaiming Armistice Day and Honor all our Veterans by calling for the End Of All
VFP Chapter 72 will gather at 10:30 AM at Director Park at SW Taylor & Park Ave
Ceremony will begin at 11 AM Sharp.
Peace at Home, Peace Abroad
Board of Directors
Veterans For Peace
PS: If you are so inclined,please read
VFP's National Statement below.
Join Veterans For Peace in celebrating
Armistice Day on November 11th.
One hundred years ago the world celebrated peace as a universal principal.
The first World War had just ended and nations mourning their dead collectively called for an end to all wars.
Armistice Day was born and was designated as "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated."
After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to rebrand November 11 as Veterans Day. Honoring the warrior quickly morphed into honoring the military and glorifying war. Armistice Day was flipped from a day for peace into a day for displays of militarism.
Veterans For Peace has taken the lead in lifting up the original intention of November 11th as a day for peace. As veterans we know that a day that celebrates peace, not war, is the best way to honor the sacrifices of veterans.
We want generations after us to never know the destruction war has wrought on people and the earth.
Veterans For Peace is calling on everyone to stand up for peace this Armistice Day.
More than ever, the world faces a critical moment. Tensions are heightened around the world and the U.S. is engaged militarily in multiple countries, without an end in sight.
Here at home we have seen the increasing militarization of our police forces and brutal crackdowns on dissent an d people's uprisings against state power. We must press our government to end reckless military interventions that endanger the entire world. We must build a culture of peace.
This Armistice Day, Veterans For Peace calls on the U.S. public to say no to more war and to demand justice and peace, at home and abroad. We know Peace is Possible and call for an end to all oppressive and violent policies, and for equality for all people