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): www.veteransforpeace.org

THE PENTAGON HAS BILLION$ TO SPEND ON WAR. OUR CHAPTER HAS ONLY OUR DUES AND YOUR DONATIONS TO SPEND ON PEACE.
PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION BY CHECK MAILED TO THE ADDRESS BELOW, OR BY CLICKING ON THIS PAYPAL BUTTON.
THANK YOU!


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:
(828-490-1872)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

From VFP member Ed Sacco

THIS WAS PUBLISHED BY AC-T ON MAY 17, I THINK. - Ed Sacco



MEMORIAL DAY

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.

NAMASTE,
ed sacco

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