If you’re going to wear a poppy this year… Wear the poppy for PEACE…

And get involved with VETERANS FOR PEACE heart emoticon

Veterans For Peace UK is a voluntary ex-services organisation of men and women who have served in every war that Britain has fought since WW2…

They focus their work to:

* Educate young people on the true nature of military service and war.

* Resist war and militarism through non-violent action.

* Stand in solidarity with people resisting militarism and war.

* They hope to convince people that war is not the answer to the problems of the 21st century.

http://veteransforpeace.org.uk/

These former soldiers hand back their oaths of allegiance to the Queen in public in London outside 10 Downing Street.  They were sworn in as teenagers.  They hand back their hats, medals and other items that represent their former role.   One confesses to the role he played in Iraq attacking people in their homes taking away their menfolk to be tortured in prisons.  They no longer wish to be associated with the things they were made to do while operating under their oaths of allegiance.  War is not the solution, they say.  How many more might join them?  They are now aware of their guilt for what they did.  It must be terrible to live with.  You have to admire their courage in stating in public how wrong they were to trust The Queen and the government when they were young men and hand over their agreement to act under orders whatever they were told to do.

Maybe some young people thinking of swearing an oath of allegiance today might learn from seeing what has happened to these men.  They should look and listen carefully.  These are not small matters.

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Veterans For Peace.

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