Vigil to be held in Norwich in memory of those who refused to fight in wars

The evening is being organised by the Norwich Quakers and takes place at Hay Hill (pictured) on May

The evening is being organised by the Norwich Quakers and takes place at Hay Hill (pictured) on May 15 from 12 to 1pm. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A vigil is to be held in memory of those who risked punishment for refusing to fight in wars they did not believe in.

The evening is being organised by the Norwich Quakers and takes place at Hay Hill, Norwich, on May 15 from 12 to 1pm.

A spokesman for the event said: 'It takes great courage too to refuse to fight if you are convinced that war is wrong, knowing that you risk disgrace, imprisonment, even execution.'

Since 1982, May 15 has been known as International Conscientious Objectors' Day. It honours those who resisted, and continue to resist war, especially by refusing military service.

The spokesman added: 'Whatever we may think about the wisdom of fighting wars as an answer to disagreements between nations, we must acknowledge the courage of many who fought in them. Each November, on Remembrance Sunday, ceremonies are held to honour that bravery. '


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