Can’t we sacrifice two minutes’ of silence?

On Armistice Day this year, I was shocked, saddened and ashamed by the continued abuse of the two minute silence.

Whilst attending a doctors surgery at a large health centre, although they displayed a notice saying a one minute silence would be observed at 11am, and this was respected by the patients, staff including doctors and nurses carried on regardless. Sometimes laughter and chatting could be heard and patients continued to be called throughout. It was disrespectful and embarrassing.

This is asked of us once a year. For two minutes. Is our time so precious that we can’t spare that small amount of time to remember the people who made it possible for us to be here to do it? We should remember that even today, people’s loved ones are still laying down their lives for us all.

On that day last week, I wondered if we are worthy.

I expect impatient motorists will again be revving their engines during the silence at Radcliffe war memorial as they wait for the two minutes to pass and they can get on with their lives.

Millions lost in wars no doubt would wish they could get on with theirs also.

Pro Patria Mori

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9:47am Thu 17 Nov 11

trac25 says...

Primark did not carry out the two minute silence on Sunday. I thought this was disrespectful.
Primark did not carry out the two minute silence on Sunday. I thought this was disrespectful. trac25
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1:40pm Fri 25 Nov 11

Questionthenorm says...

The minute's silence has become an unquestionable act, over recent times.

Would the people who died in wars, want their future generations to be 'coerced' into 'unquestioning silence', by the very ruling elite that sent them to war in the first place?

It seems we don't have the kind of freedom, that they died for us to have.
The minute's silence has become an unquestionable act, over recent times. Would the people who died in wars, want their future generations to be 'coerced' into 'unquestioning silence', by the very ruling elite that sent them to war in the first place? It seems we don't have the kind of freedom, that they died for us to have. Questionthenorm
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8:44am Wed 30 Nov 11

ExTottingtonResident says...

We live in a so called democracy. This is what was fought for. You have the right of free will to respect the day or not. You cannot force anyone to respect it, this goes against democracy. I am, by the way, a firm believer in rememering our war dead.
We live in a so called democracy. This is what was fought for. You have the right of free will to respect the day or not. You cannot force anyone to respect it, this goes against democracy. I am, by the way, a firm believer in rememering our war dead. ExTottingtonResident
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