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ST. LOUIS NEWS TODAY - November 7, 2015
Veterans Reclaim November 11th as Armistice Day
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 7, 2015 - In over 50 major cities and small towns, members of Veterans For Peace are gathering across the nation to celebrate the original Armistice Day as was done at the end of World War I, when the world came together in realization that war is so horrible, we must end it now.
They are reclaiming the original intention of that day with a worldwide call for peace in the face of the rising tide of global violence and war. Activities will begin this weekend and continue through November 11th.
In their recent statement concerning November 11th, celebrated as Veterans Day and current U.S war policy, the group urges its members - this Armistice Day - to take a stand for peace, and the ask friends and allies to join them.
"Right now the world faces a critical moment," stated Michael McPhearson, National Executive Director of Veterans For Peace. "We all thought global tensions had subsided when the so called Cold War ended. But today, we see new tension around the world. Russia and the U.S. confront each other through proxies in the Ukraine and possible direct engagement in Syria. There are too many hotspots to mention. We must act for peace on November 11th rather than war. The world needs it now!"
Many U.S citizens are unaware of the original meaning behind Armistice Day. After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to re-brand November 11th as Veterans Day. But honoring the warrior quickly morphed into honoring the military and glorifying war. Armistice Day was flipped from a to celebrate wars ending into a day for displays of militarism.
McPhearson continued, "The militarization, use of violence, and war-making around the world has become the standard for U.S foreign policy. The latest examples are President Obama's announcements that the U.S. forces will stay longer in Afghanistan and a deployment to Syria. Veterans For Peace calls on world leaders to end reckless military interventions that endanger the entire world. We don't want or need another world war."
This Armistice Day, Veterans For Peace calls on the U.S. public to say no to more war and to demand justice and peace, at home and abroad. We call for the end to racist policies, and for equality for all people.
Missourians Asked to Thank Veterans for Their Service to Our Country
JEFFERSON CITY, MO, (SLFP.com), November 7, 2015 - As Missourians prepare to observe Veterans Day on Nov. 11, Governor Jay Nixon is encouraging them to recognize and thank the men and women who have honorably served in our nation's military, including almost 500,000 residents of the Show-Me State.
In a message, Governor Nixon said, "From its earliest beginnings as Armistice Day in the years after World War I, Veterans Day has been a time to honor the service and sacrifice of those who have been in the military. It's important to tell our veterans that we appreciate what they have accomplished in keeping our nation free, and it's just as important to demonstrate our strong support for them throughout the year."
In June, Gov. Nixon signed into law funding for $33 million in improvement projects at Missouri's seven veterans' homes. He also signed House Bill 179, which makes it easier for veterans to obtain a veteran's designation on their driver's license or ID card by allowing them to use an alternative form of documentation to prove their status as a veteran.
Gov. Nixon's administration has made it a priority to ensure veterans have a smooth transition from military life to civilian life, including access to high-paying and meaningful careers. In 2010, Gov. Nixon established the Show-Me Heroes program, an initiative that helps connect military veterans with job opportunities when they return home from service.
Administered by the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, Show-Me Heroes showcases Missouri businesses that are willing and eager to hire veterans. Employers participating in the Show-Me Heroes program sign a pledge to ramp up efforts to reach out to, recruit and interview veterans for job openings at their business.
To date, 4,517 Missouri businesses have taken the Show-Me Heroes pledge and 7,766 veterans have been hired. Businesses that have hired veterans receive the Flag of Freedom award, which consists of a plaque featuring an American flag patch from the combat uniform of a member of the Missouri National Guard worn while that Citizen-Soldier or Airman was deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
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