Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

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

00 Australia Remembrance Sunday 2013______________________________

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

Advertisement

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.