Chapter 111 Mission Statement
We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm
our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. Our members
know all too well the consequences of foreign policy based on waging
war, because there were times in our lives so many of us carried it out. We also
know that violence and retaliation do not work, that true security on
the home front can only be attained by expending national treasure,
not on bombs and guns, but the health and welfare of all our citizens. To
this end we will work to
· Increase public awareness of the costs of war,
· Restrain our government from intervening, overtly or covertly, in the internal
affairs of other nations,
· End the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons,
· Seek justice for veterans and victims of war, and
· Abolish war as an instrument of national policy.
Our local chapter will continue to support or conduct
educational and social justice forums, anti-war mobilizations and
demonstrations, ongoing memorial vigils and displays, and to especially remember
the growing human cost of war.
To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent mean
and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding
that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the whole for the larger
purpose of world peace.
Since 2003 Bellingham's Veterans For Peace Chapter 111