Descendants of more than 60 First World War Conscientious Objectors and women peace campaigners from all over the country came to commemorate the lives of their relatives and the brave stand taken by all those who opposed the war. Some of these family members are daughters and sons of men who endured repeated imprisonment and force-feeding for their anti-war convictions, or worked in Friends Ambulance and War Relief activities.
Flowers were laid in tribute to the COs of the First World War and to COs all over the world.
Brief speeches about Conscientious Objection in general, the COs in the First World War, the position of women peace campaigners and the CO movement in Germany and around the world. A local school choir sang peace songs.
Organisations in the First World War Peace Forum are: Conscience, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Network for Peace, Pax Christi, Peace News, Peace Pledge Union, Quaker Peace and Social Witness, the Right to Refuse to Kill Group, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
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