armed forces day

  • 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.

  • June 26, 2011

    All communities manifest some form of division and it can be difficult to make connections across those divides. Bury St Edmunds, like many towns, shows more than one face to the world.

  • June 25, 2011

    Edinburgh will be awash with military symbolism and celebration today (25 June 2011), as the city hosts the national event for Armed Forces Day - which David Cameron last year said should be “an explosion of red white and blue all over the country.” That thought may cause SNP First Minister Alex Salmond at least a moment's hiccup as he stands next to the PM on the podium!

  • June 24, 2011
  • June 24, 2011

    Quakers in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, have chosen to offer an 'Alternative View' exhibition on Armed Forces Day.

  • October 11, 2010

    Quakers and Unitarians have welcomed an Early Day Motion calling on Parliament to raise the age of recruitment into the armed forces to eighteen.

  • June 27, 2010

    David Cameron has tried to use Armed Forces Day to whip up support for the unpopular war in Afghanistan, but the ruinous cost of ineffective military spending is clearly at odds with his government's rhetoric about the urgent need for cuts.

  • June 26, 2010

    A page of resources from Ekklesia to help churches and other civil society groups and individuals engage with Armed Forces Day in a way that more accurately reflects the belief of many that war is no solution - and indeed that what we need are more unarmed services - those with professional conflict transformation and resolution skills - operating in conflict zones.

  • June 26, 2010

    As hundreds of local events and a massive media campaign get underway for the second Armed Forces Day, peace-building NGOs are urging government to invest in conflict transformation.

  • June 24, 2010

    The Prime Minister is using Armed Forces Day to avoid difficult questions about war and security, according to leading peacemaking Christian NGO the Fellowship of Reconciliation.