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Veterans picnic with U.S. troops who have taken refuge in Canada at border
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name
Monday Aug 14th, 2006 2:42 PM
150 U.S. military veterans boarded buses for Peace Arch Park on the US/Canadian border to celebrate resistance to unjust war with U.S. troops currently taking refuge in Canada.
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VANCOUVER, CANADA (August 13, 2006) – At the conclusion of the national Veterans for Peace convention held this year in Seattle, 150 veterans boarded buses for Peace Arch Park on the US/Canadian border. On Canadian soil, but without the need to go through customs, veterans of all wars from the current Iraq occupation war to World War II vets gathered for a picnic lunch and reunion with U.S. servicepersons currently residing in Canada.

These military members have entered Canada in order to resist and oppose the current occupation of Iraq. Some of them have been in Canada for a couple of years now, others for only weeks. Some are vocal anti-war spokespersons who have formally applied for refugee status; others are quietly considering their options. All expressed gratitude for the generosity of their Canadian hosts and supporters who wore t-shirts declaring, “War resisters welcome here.”

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Ann Wright embraced 22-year-old Iraq veteran turned refugee Kyle Snyder at the border. Of his resistance to the war, Col. Wright stated, "It is part of military tradition that you can refuse illegal orders," she said. "They have the courage to stand up and say... 'I'm not going to have this war on my conscience.'"
§Canadian-born daughter of U.S. Vietnam War resister displays "puppets for peace"
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name Monday Aug 14th, 2006 2:42 PM
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TOP: Kyle Snyder, Iraq veterans turned war refuser speaks of current life in Canada
§Veterans and military resisters taking refuge in Canada picnic at border
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name Monday Aug 14th, 2006 2:42 PM
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§Veteran speaks with two U.S. servicewomen currently taking refuge in Canada
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name Monday Aug 14th, 2006 2:42 PM
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§Discharged Iraq War vet turned objector Camilo Mejia
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name Monday Aug 14th, 2006 2:42 PM
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§Veterans for Peace delegates from Korea join US/Canada picnic
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name Monday Aug 14th, 2006 2:42 PM
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§Kelly Dougherty, newly elected chairperson of Iraq Veterans Against the War
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name Monday Aug 14th, 2006 2:42 PM
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§David Cline, national president of Veterans for Peace
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name Monday Aug 14th, 2006 2:42 PM
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§U.S. Army Col. Ann Wright (ret.) greets Kyle Snyder, AWOL Iraq vet taking refuge in Canada
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name Monday Aug 14th, 2006 2:42 PM
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§Peace Arch marking US/Canada border
by Jeff Paterson, Not in Our Name Monday Aug 14th, 2006 2:42 PM
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