One of the aims of Veterans for Peace in the Statement of Purpose is to abolish war as an instrument of national policy. This particular aim happens to be similar to the verbiage in the Kellogg Briand Pact, which outlaws war among the 84 signers of this Pact in 1928. The Kellogg-Briand Pact was engineered by then U.S Secretary of State, Frank Kellogg, and still remains both U.S. and International Law. This Pact was borne out of the majority being sickened by the carnage of the World War I.
Frank B. Kellogg received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1929 for his efforts in bringing this Pact about and is the only Minnesotan to have been awarded the Prize. In petitioning to make August 27th nationally observed, it has been discovered that only 1 in 50 people are familiar with Kellogg’s work. Roughly 50% believe that Kellogg Blvd. in downtown St. Paul is named after the breakfast cereal. We, at Veterans for Peace, want to reverse these numbers and by a Proclamation by the St Paul City Council signed unanimously making August 27th,” Kellogg-Briand Pact Day,” we are moving forward to increase awareness. The Proclamation will be presented by St. Paul City Council member, David Thune, during a celebration of Frank Kellogg and the Pact to the residents of the historic Kellogg House.
While Kellogg’s motive to enable this act for Nobel Peace Prize purposes only have been debated, there is a less deliberation that the Pact would not exist without him. Regardless of his desires to pursue the challenge, Kellogg looked upon the Pact as the most practical and necessary thing in the world. After the Atomic Bomb dropped, Albert Einstein said, “Everything now has changed except our way of thinking.” Could that way of thinking be from the pragmatic vision of Frank Kellogg?