Remembrance Day 2014 – Origins of the remembrance silence

I found a piece from the Department of Veterans Affairs which I felt was worth understanding as it relates to the history of the silence we observe on Remembrance Day.

Lachlan Clyne, Unley Mayor

Origins of the remembrance silence

A Melbourne journalist, Edward George Honey, first proposed a period of five minutes’ silence for national remembrance, in a letter published in the London Evening News on 8 May 1919:

Five little minutes only. Five silent minutes of national remembrance. A very sacred intercession … Communion with the Glorious Dead who won us peace, and from the communion new strength, hope and faith in the morrow. Church services, too, if you will, but in the street, the home, the theatre, anywhere, indeed, where Englishmen and their women chance to be, surely in this five minutes of bitter-sweet silence there will be service enough.The suggestion came to the attention of King George V. After testing the practicality of a five-minute silence—a trial was held with five Grenadier Guardsmen standing to attention for the silence—the King issued a proclamation on 7 November 1919 which called for a two-minute silence. His…

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