Let Peace Be Their Memorial

Justine poppy photoThe white poppy commemorates both the civilian and military victims of war on all sides of conflict. On Remembrance Day several hundred people took part in the annual Peace Poppy event at Seaforth Park in Vancouver (where forty years ago 80,000 people left to walk for Peace across the Burrard Bridge).

The keynote speaker was Fazineh Keita, a former child soldier from Sierra Leone, now working with the Innocence Lost Foundation.

The Solidarity Labour Choir, two powerful songs by Roger and Kathy (Cousins and You Will Know Where I Stand) and a beautiful, tragic poem by E.D. Blodget, a veteran, provided music and images.

poppies fr Justine

Eleven wreaths were laid, commemorating: Children killed, injured or orphaned by war; civilian and military PTSD sufferers; indigenous victims of genocide and cultural destruction; Child soldiers; medical aid workers; women raped and victimized in wartime, refugees, environmental devastation, and more. Survivors of war in community organizations laid nine wreaths: in memory of victims of the ongoing Syrian war; the Holocaust; Hiroshima and Nagasaki; Vietnam; the plight of Palestinians, Iraq, and more.

Local organizers: peacepoppies.ca


An excellent video by Devin Gillan of this beautiful, inspiring event is posted on YouTube:


Let Peace Be Their Memorial.





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Hildegard Bechler is a community organizer focused on peace, energy, economics and waste. Her 1978 speaking tour for Dr. Rosalie Bertell, expert in the health impacts of low-level ionizing radiation, united citizens around the province cooperating to successfully prevent nuclear reactors and uranium mining in B.C. She supported Indigenous Nations preventing mega-dams and land seizures. Public meetings, consultations with government, university seminars and media interviews with Rosalie Bertell, Amory Lovins, Hazel Henderson and Paul Connett helped inform citizens establishing alternatives to essential services. Today, electromagnetic weapons, applied to total control and depopulation by global imperialists, threaten the survival of all life on Earth. All over the world people are working together with new globalized energy to share understanding and healing.

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