Peace Poppies



Campaign Launch Press Event

November 2, 2012

At Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver



Teresa Gagne speaks about poppy wreaths Teresa Gagne speaks about poppy wreaths
WWII vet W. Coward speaking, as Korean war vet. D Laskey listens WWII vet W. Coward speaking,
as Korean war vet. D Laskey listens
Three speakers under banner 'Let Peace Be Their Memorial' Three speakers under banner 'Let Peace Be Their Memorial'

Download the press release (PDF 600k).

Teresa Gagné
Welcome to Mountainview Cemetery. The message on the gates through which you entered read - "Where Vancouver Remembers". ...
Hamit Dargadan : "Before there can be remembrance of a thing, there must first be knowledge of it. We hope to ensure that the knowledge, and memory, of war includes its victims: all of its victims ...
The two wreaths you see were made from poppies, coloured by local school children. They reflect the huge shift towards higher civilian casualties in recent conflicts. ...

Read T Gagné's speaking notes (PDF 89k)

Dave Laskey
Remembrance Day memorial is to honour and pay tribute to all Canadians, who served and died for peace, in the time of war. ...
It was there in Hiroshima, where I met my late beloved wife of 53 years, Kinuko Doi, a survivor of the atomic bomb. Having survived, she felt her principle responsibility in life was to promote non violence, and relate her experience to others, by telling people the horrors of the first Atomic Bomb used in war. ...

Read Dave Laskey's speaking notes (PDF 45k)

Lieutenant Colonel Woodrow Coward, CD, (retired)
Yes, I have studied war, and been in several. What the introduction did not mention is that for 7 ½ years of my 30 YEARS of military service, I was separated from my family. ...
The nature of war-making has changed dramatically since Napoleon’s and MacRae’s day. The instruments of war are now turned on civilians with devastating effect. ...
Our collective belief that we must maintain huge standing armies , and spread across our planet colossal stockpiles of catastrophic weapons of destruction, and our past and continuing belief that internal and international differences can only be resolved by war is leaving a huge and lasting military boot print on our planet. ...

Read W Coward's speaking notes (PDF 68k)
and biographical sketch (PDF 68k)