Veterans for Peace gathered in Pioneer Courthouse Square to commemorate the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne in France. At 11:11am a two minute silence was held. Portland, OR, USA, 11/11/2010.
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month the armistice on the Western Front came into effect, although hostilities continued in the Russian Empire and parts of the Ottoman Empire.
The veterans today spoke out against wars in general with focus particularly on Vietnam. Mike Hastie, a U.S. Army medic serving in Vietnam between 1970 and 1971 stated that, "as a veteran, I am constantly reminded that war is beyond evil, and that 58,000 American soldiers did not die for some glorious act called freedom."
Continuing to focus on the horrors he was involved in he claims that, "Vietnam's pain and suffering as a country is far beyond anything that has ever been experienced in American history. Since the end of Word War II, the U.S. has bombed 28 countries. Lying is the most powerful weapon in war. I did not serve in Vietnam for the cause of freedom, I served Big Business in America for the cause of profit."
Mr. Hastie's speech was dedicated in memory of Bobby Drew, Willie Hemphill and Sean Daley.