Plans for US draft dodger sculpture in Canada revived




 
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February 15th, 2006  
Duty Honor Country
 
 

Topic: Plans for US draft dodger sculpture in Canada revived


To the Canadian folk on the forum. This is why sometimes we get mad with some of your fellow Canadians.

Plans for US draft dodger sculpture revived

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Peace activists have revived plans for a sculpture to commemorate Vietnam War draft resisters who fled to Canada, a proposal that had drawn the ire of U.S. veterans groups and conservatives.

The activists, who are also organizing a reunion for "draft dodgers" in July, said Tuesday the proposed monument is still needed to warn Americans and Canadians about the dangers of militarism.


"It is very important educationally that we have specific peace monuments," said Isaac Romano, an American who immigrated to Canada and now lives in British Columbia's Kootenay region where many U.S. war resisters settled.


The plan for a monument in Nelson, British Columbia, was originally announced in 2004, but quickly dropped after it was denounced by the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars and conservative media commentators.
Nelson city officials withdrew support for the sculpture to avoid a threatened U.S. boycott of the area's important tourism industry.
Romano said the activists have not decided on a location for the planned sculpture, and welcomed proposals from both Canadian and U.S. communities.


"It could be that there is a group in the States that sees it as an opportunity to remind Americans that they are not locked into the militarism. That there is an escape valve," Romano said.


The proposal calls for a sculpture of two Americans, a male and a female, crossing an imaginary border where a Canadian figure is waiting to welcome them.


It has been estimated that 125,000 draft-age Americans fled to Canada to avoid Vietnam and prosecution under U.S. law, although about half returned home after President Jimmy Carter granted amnesty in 1977.


Organizers of the Our Way Home reunion planned for Castlegar, British Columbia, in July say the event and sculpture are to honor both the Americans who resisted the war and the Canadians who helped them build lives in a new country.


Speakers at the four-day event are expected to include former U.S. Senator George McGovern, who campaigned to get the United States out of Vietnam in his unsuccessful 1972 bid for the White House.


Romano said the event will also provide an opportunity for draft dodgers and Vietnam War veterans to discuss their differences on the decision to go to war.


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February 15th, 2006  
tomtom22
 
 

I have forwarded a copy of this to all of my veteran friends.
February 16th, 2006  
Rabs
 
 
Oh what a perfect location for a JDAM test.
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February 16th, 2006  
bulldogg
 
 
WTF?! They just want to piss people off.
February 16th, 2006  
phoenix80
 
 
Try the Deserters and make examples for those who dont have guts to fullfil their jobs they freely chose.
February 16th, 2006  
Chief Bones
 
 
Where can I send money for the sculpture(s)???

I am quite sure that the sculpture(s) will be of a small group of skunks with broad yellow stripes painted down their backs - after all that was really the reason MOST dodgers scooted across the border into Canada. Most of the dodgers were cowards not objecters as they would have you believe. I remember quite well what was going on during that period.

I DON'T GIVE A D*MN HOW THEY TRY TO REVISE HISTORY - THE COWARDS WENT TO CANADA AND THE REST OF US WENT TO VIETNAM.
February 16th, 2006  
PJ24
 
 
They less attention they get the better. In many cultures cowards are shunned and ignored. I think that's fitting.
February 16th, 2006  
Marinerhodes
 
 
That "sculpture" will probably. . nah. . let me say. . hopefully, will be defaced and disrespected as it deserves. There is no room in my heart for a coward.
February 16th, 2006  
5.56X45mm
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chief Bones
I DON'T GIVE A D*MN HOW THEY TRY TO REVISE HISTORY - THE COWARDS WENT TO CANADA AND THE REST OF US WENT TO VIETNAM.
Hoorah! Well said...

Canada, why do you do this? Do you folks really think that pacifism works.