Today is Armistice Day, also known as Veterans’ Day. It’s also Canandaigua Treaty Day, which will be celebrated in Canandaigua with a parade and ceremony of thanksgiving. I don’t know if America will ever fully make the leap from having a day set aside to remember the sacrifices of people fighting in wars, to having that day be a nationally recognized day of commitment to peace as well. I believe that the two commitments are not mutually exclusive.
Brothers, we hope you will make your minds easy. We who are now here are but children; the ancients being deceased. We know that your fathers and ours transacted business together, and that you look up to the Great Spirit for his direction and assistance and take no part in war. We expect you were all born on this island, and consider you as brethren. Your ancestors came over the great water, and ours were born here; this ought to be no impediment to our considering each other as brethren. –Red Jacket, speaking to Quaker treaty observers, Canandaigua, 1794