International Conscientious Objectors Day Vigils

Event Details

International Conscientious Objectors Day Scotland & UK (National) Vigils. Friday 15 May.

(Scotland). 5:30 – 6:30pm. “Doors Open” 5:25pm. Find the event on Facebook here.

Conscientious Objectors Day Online Scotland Vigil.
Livestream on Facebook. 5:30 – 6:30pm. 15 May.
To watch go to:

  • Descendants remembering First and Second World War Conscientious Objectors from and WW2 including Arthur Woodburn the longest serving WW1 CO who later became Secretary of State for Scotland, ILP activist John S. Taylor, and Quaker COs Andrew White and David Grey.
  • Second World War CO Rev David Mumford (Ret Bishop of Brechin) with an update on International Fellowship of Reconciliation support for conscientious objection in Geneva.
  • Singing with Penny Stone.
  • Artist Kate Ive on her inspiring design for the Opposing War Memorial to COs and all who reist war.
  • Jane Lewis and Protest in Harmony choir with a new song remembering the women of the No Conscription Fellowship

The Event is FREE. Donations to the Opposing War Memorial to Conscientious Objectors welcome. To find out more and donate visit:

If you can’t be with us at the time when the event is live you will still be able to watch on Facebook at a later time. And you don’t need a Facebook account to join/watch. 

UK International CO Day event: Moment of Pause and Inspiration will also take place from 12noon – 1pm on 15 May. Organised by The International Conscientious Objectors Day Group. For details go to:

Are you a CO or a descendant of a CO?
If so we’d like to hear from you, and invite you to contribute a memory to the vigil.
Want to share a poem or reflection?
Click here to email us.

Want to find out more about First World War COs from Scotland?
Check out the thoroughly researched and beautifully designed Legacies of Resistance to the First World War booklet hereContact us for FREE copies for libraries, schools and other institutions.

The Scotland Vigil has taken place off Princes St in previous years. This year we will come together for an ONLINE CO Day Scotland Vigil.

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