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Conscientious Objectors Day, 2017

Posted on by royvickery |

Since the late 1990s 15 May has been designated as Conscientious Objectors Day, when people gather to commemorate those who have suffered imprisonment, and sometimes death, for refusing to participate in war.

In London the main event takes place in Tavistock Square, in Bloomsbury, where a memorial stone, bearing the words ‘To all those who have established and are maintaining the right to refuse to kill’ was unveiled in 1994.  Over 100, mostly grey-haired people, gathered in the Square on 15 May 2017.  A a list of 79 conscientious objectors from a number of states dating back to the Roman Empire was read, and as each name was read a white carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) was placed on the memorial stone.  Later people were invited to place their own flowers (nearly all white carnations) on the stone.


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