We meet as brother and sister veterans, people who have served in the
military; and associates, those who share our vision.
We gather, not only to share experiences, but to bare witness to our
fellow citizens of the criminal nature of warfare, the corruptive
influence of the military-industrial complex on our society, and its cost
in money and human suffering.
We pledge to support each other in our struggle for peace and justice,
even in the face of social apathy and public scorn.
We look to Veterans For Peace as a forum to learn from one another.
We will seek out, pass along, and discuss issues that effect us as
vets, as Americans, and citizens of the world. These issues may
range from budget cuts in VA programs, war related items,
and political changes which threaten world peace or human rights.
Once our consciousness has been raised, it is our duty to take our
message to the community.
We will meet once a month to reaffirm our commitment to peace and
We will contribute monetary and moral support to our national Veterans
For Peace office, and from time to time lend a hand with their outreach
We will speak out on critical issues in the public press, in schools,
and in public demonstrations. We will march in local and state parades on
occasions such as Memorial Day and Veteran's Day, showing our colors along
side other veterans organizations, letting the public know there are
veterans who espouse an alternate point of view to "peace through
We will monitor the press and other media, and speak out on said peace
and justice issues when needed. We will keep in touch with other
peace groups, and show solidarity when needed.
We do not believe erecting more war memorials is the best way to
remember our dead and wounded comrades.
We dedicate ourselves, and our life's work in the struggle for human
rights and justice, and against militarism as a living memorial.
We will honor them by our efforts to abolish war. We will keep
faith with deceased military, and veterans by conducting burial and
memorial services when requested. These ceremonies will be conducted
without the use of weapons, using hands salutes in place of rifle volley.
In keeping with tradition, we will drape the coffin with an American flag,
which will be folded and presented to the next of kin. There will be
no political messages given at these ceremonies, they will be kept simple
We may assist fellow veteran's organizations such as the VFW and
American Legion in such activities as grave marking on Memorial Day,
and wreath laying for Veteran's Day in the interest of maintaining good
relations and solidarity with them.