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Friday, 11 November 2005
Remembrance Day

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Today we remember those who died in war.

Elaine’s remembrance day poetry page recalls the first two minute silence in London on 11 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.

- From the Manchester Guardian, 12th November 1919.

A poem called For the Fallen is often read at Remembrance Day ceremonies. The fourth stanza says:

They shall not grow old, as we who are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We shall remember them

- By Laurence Binyan (1869 - 1943)

Posted by bigblue on 11/11/2005 at 11:11 AM
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