Veterans For Peace mark Remembrance Sunday 10-11-13

Veterans for Peace (VFP) gathered today in Trafalgar square and then marched with their supporters to the Cenotaph under a banner saying ‘NEVER AGAIN’. Present were organiser Ben Griffin a former special forces soldier who left the army in disgust over its actions in Iraq and Joe Glenton who was jailed for refusing to be deployed to Afghanistan.

The organisation, which was set up by ex servicemen to raise awareness about war towards its abolition as a foreign policy, had not contacted the authorities about today’s action. Police stationed around the Whitehall Cenotaph, for what is one of the most rigidly stage managed days of the year, were initially baffled by the veterans action but allowed them to go ahead after some negotiation.

Upon reaching the monument a wreath of predominantly white poppies (symbolising peace) was laid and a veteran of D-Day sang the anti war song 1916. Following this another veteran of the more recent Afghan conflict recited the famous poem ‘Suicide in the trenches‘ by Siegfriend Sassoon. The ceremony ended traditionally with the playing of The Last Post.

Though smaller than its counterpart in the USA the UK veterans movement is increasing in popularity with ex service personnel following the disastrous deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.


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  • Jude says:

    Please note: white poppies do not just stand for “peace”. They are also for remembrance of everyone killed in wars: civilians, those executed for refusing to fight, people killed by so-called “friendly fire”, those who gave service in essential but non-military capacities, like the “Bevin Boys” who died AND members of the military. The red poppy is specifically for remembrance of the military alone, as the RBL’s slogan “Shoulder to Shoulder with all Who Serve” makes quite clear.

    November 11, 2013 at 15:40
  • Gerry Barnes says:

    The blue sweater shirts with the dove of peace logo are very dignified. An effective and thinking act of rememberance.

    November 13, 2013 at 12:23

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