Armistice! War to End All Wars is Over!

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On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918…

an armistice was signed between the Allies and Germany.

Armistice train 11/11/1918 Compeign Forest essentially ending WWI.

It was the end of fighting on the Western Front of The Great War. The War to end All Wars was essentially over. The following year President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11, Armistice Day. But there was another great war in Europe. In it’s wake, the first one became World War I. In 1954, President Eisenhower, ‘repurposed’ the holiday into Veteran’s Day.

I have never served in the military, but I have spent most of my adult life marching. This year, Pat Scanlon, speaking and performing his music at the Community Church of Boston, invited us to march with the Veterans for Peace, Boston Chapter proudly known as the Smedley D. Butler Brigade.

Pat Scanlan being inverview on camera 11/11/2010

Pat said, “We’re marching behind the street sweepers again.”

Emergency Medical Special Operations unit followed by the Smedley Butler Brigade

All the other veterans were in front of the Emergency Medical Special Operations Unit. One veteran from Community Church[below right] is recovering from recent heart surgery. He said he might not go the full route.

Ken Pfarr and John Casteris staging for the parade 11/11/2010

We followed the rest of the parade past the State House.

Veterans for Peace passing the State House 11/11/2010

Some of the Veterans for Peace are also members of Code Pink and the Raging Grannies.

Code Pink and the Raging Grannies near Park St 11/11/2010

We then split off to go the Sam Adams Park.  I have pictures from there too. Come back later. But for now:

John Casteris at Sam Adams Park 11/11/2010

John C went the distance.

More on an antiwar vet Mime, poetry from Langston Hughes, Paul Atwood from the Joiner Center at Umass Mandela.

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