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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

12 November 2014. 96 Years Since the “Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month”… Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth and France Unveils Memorial to the War Dead in Flanders

00 australian war memorial. remembrance day. 12.11.14

A man places a memorial poppy on the wall at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra ACT AUSTRALIA

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00 cenotaph. toronto. old city hall. 12.11.14

An honour guard at the Cenotaph near the Old City Hall in Toronto ON CANADA

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00 Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. Rmembrance Day at the Tower of London. 12.11.14

“Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” at the Tower of London London ENGLAND UK

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00 Notre Dame de Lorette. FRANCE. WWI memorial. 12.11.14

French troops at the dedication of the L’Anneau de la Mémoire/Memorial international Notre-Dame-de-Lorette (Ring of Remembrance) memorial wall with over 500,000 names of those of all nations who fell in Northern France, at the Nécropole nationale de Notre-Dame-de-Lorette in Ablain St-Nazaire FRANCE (the world’s largest French military cemetery). This event was also in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I (“The Great War”). 

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Idea for the One-Minute Silence at Remembrance Day Came from a Melbourne Man

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MOST Australians will be familiar with the one-minute silence observed on Remembrance Day. However, where did it start and whose idea was it?

An article on the Australian War Memorial website attributed the idea to a First World War veteran and Melbourne journalist Edward George Honey,who was living in London in 1919 and wished for a five-minute silence to recognise those killed during the war. At the same time, a South African made second suggestion, who noted a moment’s silence was held in South Africa when there were heavy losses on the Western Front. The idea took King George V’s fancy, although he he shortened it to two minutes. He sent a special message to the Commonwealth to stop what they were doing and be silent at “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”. It’s something that’s still observed today as a one-minute silence.

11 November 2014

News.au.com

http://www.news.com.au/national/idea-for-the-oneminute-silence-at-remembrance-day-came-from-a-melbourne-man/story-fncynjr2-1227119194180

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