International Conscientious Objectors’ Day is an annual event held on May 15th to commemorate those who opposed killing for war.
In London each year a brief ceremony is held at the Commemorative Stone (pictured above), during which the names of representative people who ‘maintained the right to refuse to kill’ are read out. White flowers are laid on the stone for each of the people remembered.
The event is organised by the Peace Pledge Union, which is the oldest secular pacifist organisation in Britain. Since 1934 it has been campaigning for a war-free world.
Similar events take place throughout Britain and across the world.
Featured image from Peace Pledge Union