Featured in the November 2013 handbook.
November is the time of the year when we wear a red poppy in memory of those who sacrificed their lives for us during wars. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One. At 11 am on 11th November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years warfare.
Remembrance Day is on 11 November. It is a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts. It was known as Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War. Remembrance Sunday is held on the second Sunday in November, which is usually the Sunday nearest to 11 November. Special services are held at war memorials and churches all over Britain. At 11am on each Remembrance Sunday a two minute silence is observed at war memorials and other public places across the UK.
The First Two Minute Silence in London (11th November 1919) as reported in the Manchester Guardian, on the 12th 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 into the posture of 'attention'. An elderly woman, not far away, wiped her eyes. Everyone stood very still ... The hush deepened. It had spread over the whole city.