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Observing a two minutes silence on November 11th?

This is an interesting article from the London Evening Standard:

Two-minute silence ‘very important’

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23767234-two-minute-silence-very-important.do

The British public overwhelmingly believes that observing a two-minute silence to remember fallen troops on Armistice Day is still important, a survey revealed today.

Research for the Royal British Legion found that 80% of adults felt it was “very important” to continue maintaining the silence and another 14% said it was “fairly important”.

Support for the silence was nearly universal among those aged 35 to 44, at 99%.

Younger people are almost as likely to observe the silence as the older generation – 74% of those aged 16 to 24 said they were certain or very likely to fall silent at 11am tomorrow, compared with 76% of those aged 65 and over.

Stuart Gendall, the Legion’s director of corporate communications, said: “The results show an astonishing support for the silence, but perhaps not so astonishing when set against the terrible cost of conflict this year in Afghanistan.

“The silence is now as much about the Afghan generation as it is for the Armistice generation.”

The two-minute silence was first observed 90 years ago this year at the request of King George V.

It was held on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1919 to coincide with the signing of the Armistice which ended the First World War a year earlier.

The last three veterans of the 1914-18 conflict living in the UK – William Stone, 108, Henry Allingham, 113, and Harry Patch, 111 – all died this year.

The Legion has campaigned to have the two-minute silence restored to a more prominent place in remembrance ceremonies.

Tomorrow morning it is holding two events, in London‘s Trafalgar Square and Swansea‘s Castle Square, for those who want to observe the silence with other people.

* Ipsos-Mori surveyed 1,054 British adults aged 16 and over between November 6 and 8.

Do you agree it is important to keep a two minutes silence on November 11th as well as on Remembrance Sunday?

MCMXIV.

by Philip Larkin

(9 August 1922 – 2 December 1985)

Those long uneven lines

Standing as patiently

As if they were stretched outside

The Oval or Villa Park,

the crowns of hats, the sun

on moustached archaic faces

Grinning as if it were all

An August Bank Holiday lark;

And the  shut shops, the bleached

Established names on the sunblinds,

The farthings and sovereigns,

And dark-clothed children at play

Called after kings and queens,

The tin advertisements

For cocoa and twist, and the pubs

Wide open all day…

english-countryside

And the countryside not caring:

The pace names all hazed over

With flowering grasses, and fields

Shadowing Domesday lines

Under wheat’s restless silence;

The differently dressed servants

With tiny rooms in huge houses,

The dust behind limousines;

Never such innocence,

Never before or since,

As changed itself to past

Without a word..the men

Leaving the gardens tidy,

The thousands of marriages,

Lasting a little while longer:

Never such innocence again.

trenches

November 10, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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