Peace vigils to mark WW1 centenary in Wellington and Lower Hutt

Press Release: Peace Movement Aotearoa
Peace vigils to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One – “the war to end all wars” – will be held throughout Neww Zealand tonight.

The peace vigils are coordinated nation-wide by Peace Movement Aotearoa, in association with Quakers, and in conjunction with peace and faith groups in other parts of the world who are holding peace vigils to mark the anniversary and to highlight our mutual belief that conflict must be resolved peacefully rather than by war.

The peace vigils have three themes: remembrance of all of the casualties of war and of war resisters, ending war as a response to conflict, and promoting peace. There are four core messages that will be the same at all of the vigils, including the central message ‘Honour the war dead by ending war’, which unites the three themes.

• Lower Hutt – World War One Memorial Vigil for Peace, from 6pm to 6.20pm in the carpark outside 153 Randwick Road, Moera. To remember all who have died or suffered in war – soldiers, civilians, war resisters – to end war as a response to conflict, and to promote peace in all that we do. Let us begin commemorations of World War One – the ‘war to end all wars’ – by praying for an end to all war. Organised by the local intentional Christian community.

• Wellington – Candlelit peace vigil from 6pm to 6.30pm at the Cenotaph, corner Bowen Street and Lambton Quay. Please bring your own candle, placards and banners will be available at the vigil. Organised by Peace Movement Aotearoa. The A4 poster is available at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/vigil-wgtn-aug14.pdf and the Facebook event listing is at http://www.facebook.com/PeaceMovementAotearoa/events

 

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