The International Conscientious Objectors’ Day was initiated by the International Conscientious Objectors' Meeting (ICOM). The ICOM was an annual meeting of COs and their supporters held throughout the world to exchange ideas and offer solidarity. In 1985, at a time when compulsory conscription was still commonplace, it decided to use 15 May, to develop a sharper focus for action on conscientious objection.
The Conscientious Objectors Stone here in Tavistock Square, London was unveiled on May 15 1994 by Sir Michael Tippett, Peace Pledge Union President and a one time conscientious objector
My son-in-law is a conscientious objector. After a tour in Afghanistan, he returned home to what would have been a nice safe office job recruiting others to join. He refused and left the US with a very short time left in his service because he would not send other young men and women to face what he faced.
I have listened to his story and after what he experienced over there I did not blame him one bit. I think in his shoes I probably have gone AWOL in the first week.
The military still makes you sign up for a set term of service. I understand the need for this but I also understand that sometimes the contract must be broken if only to preserve your sanity.
If you know a conscientious objector give them a hug today and ask if they are willing to share their story. It will open your eyes!