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

info@peacepoppies.ca

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

https://youtu.be/mL0t4-va6yc;

Let Peace Be Their Memorial.

 

 

 

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Hildegard

Bio: Citizen activist on emerging eco-social crises and sustainable solutions. Over four decades I co-founded several community action groups and coalitions focused on energy: nuclear reactors, uranium mining, mega-dams, waste incinerators. I promote transition to sustainable practice. Today, electromagnetic weapons threaten the survival of all life on Earth. Dr. Rosalie Bertell recommended we act in coalition to engage our world government. Accordingly, I propose a global coalition to petition the United Nations to: * Reassert the 1996 World Court decision that threat or use of nuclear weapons UNLAWFUL; * Update the 1976 Convention against weather modification for military purposes (ENMOD) and evaluate geomagnetic weapons; * Include all military causes of climate crisis in the UN IPCC Reports.

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