Category - armed forces day

  • June 26, 2017

    It seems that just as 'poppy facism' is beginning to lose its sway over our consciences and behaviours, Armed Forces Day may be being groomed to take its place.

  • June 21, 2016

    The armed forces have been accused of whitewashing their image with “family fun” events around the UK this Saturday.  The Peace Pledge Union warned that Armed Forces Day events routinely present war and weapons as clean and exciting.

  • June 27, 2015

    Clichés are usually truths which have somewhat lost their impact through repetition. That repetition takes place because the truths concerned were originally mordantly appropriate.

  • June 25, 2015

    In the run up to Armed Forces Day, a video exposing the brutal potential outcomes of armed service has become a viral hit online.

  • June 29, 2014

    The rainstorm of almost tropical ferocity which swept across West Suffolk yesterday afternoon (28 June) was dying down as we assembled for a silent Peace Vigil to mark Armed Forces Day. But the distant thundery grumbles seemed – at the risk of being mocked for the use of Pathetic Fallacy – to be a reminder of the persistence and ubiquity of strife.

  • June 27, 2014

    A new report from Quaker Peace & Social Witness describes Armed Forces Day as one strand in a government strategy to reverse falling recruitment and declining public support for military interventions.

  • June 16, 2014

    The campaign group ForcesWatch is launching a new film:Engage: the military and young people. which is made by and for, teenagers and young adults.

  • January 30, 2014

    In Britain we now have Armed Forces Day, but no specific day to mark or encourage peaceful conflict resolution or transformation.

  • June 30, 2012

    Today (30 June) is Armed Forces Day. The idea was introduced in 2009 to "show support for the men and women of the armed forces".

  • May 27, 2012

    “Gross impiety it is that a nation's pride should be maintained in the face of its poor.” William Penn wrote these words in 1669. We have no means of knowing what his voice might have sounded like when he read them aloud, as he undoubtedly would have done, but when I hear them in my mind's ear, they are spoken with firmness and a touch of anger. They are words we do well to heed in our own time.