This is the website for the local chapter of Veterans For Peace in Western North Carolina, based in Asheville.
For the most complete and current content about our activities and issues, please visit us on Facebook: Veterans For Peace Chapter 099

You don't have to be a veteran to belong, just a person who wants peace and is committed to taking action to achieve it.

Joan Baez is quoted as saying, "Action is the antidote to despair."

If you feel despair at the many costs and endlessness of our wars please consider joining us in taking action.

Peace and Justice Reading List
Begin with this short book written by the highly decorated Marine General Smedley Butler: "War is a Racket" Click the link to read the book in its entirety on line or download/print it.
Then go on to learn more with this list:

To Become Radicalized in the Cause of Peace, please click here:

Statement of Purpose

We, as military veterans, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work, with others both nationally and internationally

To increase public awareness of the causes and costs of war 

To restrain our governments from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations 

To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons 

To seek justice for veterans and victims of war 

To abolish war as an instrument of national policy. 

To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.

For More Information (Including how to become a member):

Join us for the weekly vigil at Pack Square Vance Monument, Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.
MONTHLY MEETING TIME: The Third Tuesday of each month from 6:00PM to no later than 7:30PM. Held at Asheville Friends Meeting, 227 Edgewood Road, Asheville 28804
All are welcome; please join us!

Our phone # is:

Monday, September 2, 2019

Labor Day Parade in Canton NC

Veterans for Peace, Chapter 099, walked in the Canton Labor Day parade today. It was a lot of fun.

Photos by Susan Oehler.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Weekly vigil

A photo of a recent vigil in downtown Asheville. Not sure who took the photo.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

From VFP member Ed Sacco



On May 27, we celebrate Memorial Day, originally “Decoration Day”, created after the Civil War to honor the memory of Union soldiers. It later broadened to include a Reconciliation theme, honoring Confederate soldiers. This became a federal holiday in 1971 which has turned into a Memorial Day weekend kicking off the summer with nationalistic displays of flag-waving, marching bands, and political speeches.

In our memories of the dead, let us not forget the consequences of war: the brutal devastation, death, and diminishment of the human spirit — people die, children’s future destroyed. By glorifying our military power and not the suffering war causes, we endanger the next generation. We can also take time to mourn the loss of foreign casualties; the young, the old, and especially the children whose only misstep is to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

President Eisenhower warned in his 1953 farewell speech that every gun made, warship launched, and every rocket fired is a theft from those who hunger.  The world in arms he said, “is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists….” 

On May 27 at Pack Square 11AM, the local Veterans for Peace are conducting a ceremony dedicated to promoting peace, bringing about an end to all wars. We have the most powerful military force in all history, and yet we are troubled, insecure, and divided. Let us all pray and dedicate ourselves to peace in our time.

ed sacco

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Christmas parade in Asheville

This parade was on November 17, 2018. It was a lot of fun marching in this parade 
because it was clear the people of Asheville love us. 
Photo by Garland Walker.

 Photo by Garland Walker.

Photo by Garland Walker. 

Photo by St. George Episcopal Church of Asheville, posted on Facebook.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Reclaiming Armistice Day 2018 - 100 Years After the '...War to End All Wars.'

Many don’t realize that what is now Veteran’s Day, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, was originally Armistice Day, marking this year the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. That war that was THE WAR THAT WAS TO END ALL WARS.
How has that worked out? FACTUAL NEWS FOLLOWS...
(White House acknowledges the U.S. is at war in seven countries - Vice News, March 15, 2018
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Veterans For Peace has been celebrating Armistice Day almost since the organization's inception, with a few chapters doing yearly events. However, in 2008 the effort became a national effort with the passage of an official Veterans For Peace resolution. Since then, chapters across the country have b...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Labor Day, 2018

Veterans for Peace, Chapter 099, marched in the Labor Day Parade in Canton, NC. Photo taken by Garland Walker.