Armistice Day was created following the brutal First World War as nations mourned their dead and collectively called for an end to all wars. Armistice Day, when bells tolled at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, was designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated.” But during the 1950’s Cold War, a militarist United States government changed the name to Veterans Day.
At 8:00 pm eastern time this evening, Thursday, November 11th, Madison Veterans for Peace and The Progressive magazine are hosting a virtual event considering whether peace is in this country’s future, with speakers on topics including the rise of China, the U.S. drone program, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Musical interludes will be provided by Vietnam era U.S. Army Reservist (1965-1971) Si Kahn and John McCutcheon.
Once archived, you can click on the images for his songs “Season of Peace” and “When the War is Done” to enjoy the videos that Si pre-recorded for this event.