Remembrance Day 2010

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Written by Jamie Stuart on 9th November 2010 at 16:20pm
Remembrance Day 2010

On the 11th of November at 11 o'clock the country stops silent for two minutes in honour of the men and women who sacrificed themselves in the World Wars.


On the 11th of November at 11 o'clock the country stops silent for two minutes in honour of the men and women who sacrificed themselves in the World Wars and any other lesser conflicts form the twentieth century to present day.

 

The First Two Minute Silence in London (11 November 1919) was reported in the Manchester Guardian on 12 November 1919:

 

"The first stroke of eleven produced a magical effect. The tram cars glided into stillness, motors ceased to cough and fume, and stopped dead, and the mighty-limbed dray horses hunched back upon their loads and stopped also, seeming to do it of their own volition. Someone took off his hat, and with a nervous hesitancy the rest of the men bowed their heads also. Here and there an old soldier could be detected slipping unconsciously into the posture of 'attention'. An elderly woman, not far away, wiped her eyes, and the man beside her looked white and stern. Everyone stood very still ... The hush deepened. It had spread over the whole city and become so pronounced as to impress one with a sense of audibility. It was a silence which was almost pain ... And the spirit of memory brooded over it all."

 

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