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November 11 – a day to honor veterans – is also a day to promote world peace, and Veterans for Peace members in Milwaukee are working to remind people of that.
Wednesday, Nov. 11, besides being celebrated as Veterans Day, will also be Armistice Day in Milwaukee this year, as proclaimed by Mayor Tom Barrett.
At 11 a.m., the bell in City Hall will ring 11 times to commemorate that World War I, the “war to end all wars” ended on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Thirty million soldiers had been killed or wounded.
“On the original Armistice Day, at the end of World War I, the world came together in realization that war is so horrible we must end it now,” Mark Foreman, president of Milwaukee Chapter 102 of Veterans for Peace,” said. Foreman is a former Navy medical corpsman who has a Purple Heart for serious wounds he received in combat in Vietnam, which permanently disabled him.
Congress responded to a hope among Americans for no more wars by passing a resolution calling for “exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding.” Later, Congress added that November 11th was to be “a day dedicated to the cause of world peace.”
“In 1954 Congress changed the name to Veterans Day, and in many cases it has become a celebration of militarism, honoring the war rather than the veterans who served,” Foreman said. “Veterans for Peace wants to restore the tradition of Armistice Day as a day to promote world peace. “As veterans, we are committed to informing the public of the true causes and enormous costs of war, and working to heal the wounds of wars,” he said.
Veterans for Peace members will staff an information table in the City Hall rotunda from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and will leaflet outside of City Hall with information about how much the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost Milwaukee taxpayers.
Every hour, taxpayers in the United States are paying $8.36 million for the cost of current wars.
Since 2001, the total cost to date is more than $1.6-trillion, according to the National Priorities Project (www.nationalpriorities.org). “The untold human costs in lives lost and shattered are costs our society will be paying for generations to come,” Foreman said. “That is the far greater tragedy.”
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