Re: Thought for the Day

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Posted by The Huggy Merchant on November 11, 2000 at 15:10:35:

In Reply to: Re: Thought for the Day posted by Bea on November 11, 2000 at 14:39:36:

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: : Hi Bea,

: : I think a lot of Commonwealth countries observe Remembrance Day in the way that you mentioned. We certainly do. In fact, I was reading on the Royal British Legion website that observance of the two minute silence has seen a big revival since 1995, with 72% of the British population observing the silence in 1998. To me, this is very encouraging.

: : HM (wearing her poppy and remembering)

: That's very interesting. Looks like you guys are a bit ahead of us..:) I think the two minutes of silence came into effect here in Canada in 1999.Then again, I could be wrong. I also find it very encouraging that our schools are creating excellent awareness by observing Remembrance Day through a special assembly. I witnessed a very touching one yesterday. Members of the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION were present ( including a bugler)and a classmate of my son's did a wonderful presentation by remembering his great-uncle who lost his life in France in 1944.

: Bea


In England, the two minute silence has been observed since 1919. This was stopped with the outbreak of WW2 and once the war was over, it was decided that the two minute silence would be held on Remembrance Day (the second Sunday in November), although some do continue to observe the silence on the 11th day as well. I believe that Canada also started the tradition in 1919 but it lapsed and it was the 'Global Silence' for the Millenium idea last year that refreshed the tradition in Canada. It is good to hear that it is still alive. I think it is such an important tool for educating the younger generations whose lives have not been touched by war on the same scale as previous generations.


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