Pictures (C) Peter Marshall, 2008. All rights reserved.
Norman Kember and Bob Russell
White carnations representing COs from countries around the world
The memorial to Conscientious Objectors
The annual London event was held as usual at the north end of the gardens in Tavistock Square, around the large grey rough-hewn boulder of Cumbrian slate unveiled in 1994 as a memorial to conscientious objectors by composer Sir Michael Tippett, himself a conscientious objector.
Introduced by Bob Russell of Christian CND, the event included anti-war songs 'The Ones Who Said No' and 'We Are For Peace' written by Sue Gilmurray, who also conducted the socialist choir. The main speaker was Norman Kember, a CO and long-term peace campaigner who was kidnapped in Iraq in 2005 while there as a peace volunteer.
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