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 on 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.
I would be much more inclined to support a memorial to those who defied the draft and went to prison for their principles.
(Not that we ever would, but if we did have a draft dodger memorial in the U.S., may I suggest a sculpture of Poppy Bush at his desk, on the phone to the Texas Air National Guard commander?)