Learning Curve, The Great War
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A letter from 1932 explaining how the idea emerged of the 2 minutes silence to mark Remembrance Day
(Catalogue ref: HO 45/20184)
  • This letter is a response to an enquiry written to the Home Office, which asked about the origins of the two minutes silence on Armistice Day (11 November).
  • This sets out the origins of the idea. The two minutes silence was first observed at 11am on 11 November 1919. To this day, it is still observed by many people at that time and date. Many others observe the ceremony on Remembrance Sunday, which is the Sunday nearest to 11 November each year.
  • Today we often use a silence of one or two minutes to show respect for the victims of events.
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