Conscientious Objectors Day in London and Edinburgh

By agency reporter
May 14, 2019

Wednesday 15 May is International Conscientious Objectors Day. Those who refused to fight in the First World War and other conflicts will be remembered in the annual ceremony in Tavistock Square, London at 12 noon.

Co-hosted by the First World War Peace Forum and Movement for the Abolition of War, this year's speakers will be Professor Lois Bibbings, University of Bristol, Michael Lyons, a former Navy medic and Afghanistan Conscientious Objector, and Jay Sutherland, organiser of the White Poppy Appeal Kilmarnock and convenor of Anti War Ayrshire. There will be songs led by Sue Gilmurray.

There will be a minute's silence and flowers laid at the stone, as those gathered remember the Conscientious Objectors of all countries and all times.

The ceremony will take about one hour, followed by a picnic afterwards. All are welcome.

In Edinburgh, the annual Conscientious Objectors Day Vigil will take place from 5 - 6pm outside Register House, by the Wellington Statue, East End of Princes Street.

There will be songs by Protest in Harmony, reading of names of Conscientious Objectors and brief talks by a few descendants of Conscientious Objectors.

* Independent Catholic News


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