my faith tradition happens to be one that historically rejected the violence of war and has kept a strong peace stance. a phrase i heard growing up on days like rememberance day, veterens day, memorial day, or other holidays celebrating military history is the following... to remember is to work for peace.
for many of you, memorial day means remembering your relatives and friends who served (or serve) in the military, but my own family history owns little of that story. my great-grandfather's business was blackballed because he was a conscientious objector during world war 1. during the second world war, my grandfathers gave their time in alternative service because of their convictions.
so for this reason i try and remember heroes of non-violence and peace on memorial day. people like gandhi, martin luther king jr, desmond tutu, and many others including my friend rob who is currently serving with christian peacemaker teams in the west bank.
you can read all about rob's incredible journey of peace right here.