Veterans walk to The Cenotaph with a message of Peace, Gurkha Hunger Strike and #TroopsHome2014
On Sunday 10th November , Veterans-For-Peace-UK gathered at Trafalgar Square,
The veterans walked to The Cenotaph with a message of Peace
The press release for the day indicated that in opposition to the pro-war tone of the state parade. Veterans For Peace UK will walk to the Cenotaph under a banner which reflects the original sentiment of the Armistice “NEVER AGAIN”.
Once there D-Day veteran Jim Radford will sing ‘1916’ and Afghanistan veteran John Boulton will read ‘Suicide in the Trenches’ by Siegfried Sassoon. A wreath of white & red poppies will then be laid by Northern Ireland veteran John Bourton. After The Last Post has been played there will be a period of silence in which to remember all victims of war.
Ben Griffin, an Iraq veteran said “With each year that passes, the events around Armistice Day seem less about remembering the futility of war and more about promoting the military whilst dignifying wars of aggression. I’ve seen the senseless, brutal nature of war at first hand and I won’t be involved in anything which glamorises that. We will remember all victims of war and express the sentiment, Never Again” .
Veterans For Peace UK have been active since 2011. They have a wide range of members from all three services ranging in experience from D-Day to Afghanistan. They work toward increasing public awareness of the true costs of war, and for the larger purpose of world peace.
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This Remembrance Sunday, it was the fourth day of hunger strike for the Gurkhas protesting at their treatment from the British Government and Maria of PeaceStrike demonstrating and gaining signatures for the Troops Home 2014 Campaign.
This event was livestreamed via this channel.
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