On August 27, 1928, the major nations of the world signed a treaty renouncing war and committing to settle all disputes only by peaceful means.
A holiday could remind us of this commitment.
Our holidays include Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Flag Day, Patriots Day, Yellow Ribbon Day, Independence Day, Military Spouses Appreciation Day, Iraq-Afghanistan Wars Day (yes, Congress created this) . . . Are you beginning to see a pattern?
If you think another holiday should be included, please click here to add your name.
Our petition, to which you can add your own comments, and which you can deliver to your local, state, or federal representatives, reads:
We support local, state, national, and international legislation that would make August 27th a holiday in honor of the Kellogg-Briand Pact, also known as the Peace Pact, that was signed on this date in 1928. The International Pact which renounced war as an instrument of national policy and committed nations to settling disputes exclusively by peaceful means was passed into U.S. law in 1929 with only one Senator in opposition. The co-authors were Republican Secretary of State Frank Kellogg from Minnesota and French foreign minister Aristide Briand. Kellogg won the Nobel Peace Prize, and the Pact is still U.S. and International Law.
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-- The RootsAction.org team
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1. When the World Outlawed War, by David Swanson
The Peace Pact is listed as in force on the
U.S. State Department website
(open the document, scroll to page 454)