There was an interesting piece of history in the news today; a letter written by King George V which was sent to all governments in the British Empire calling for a moment of silence on November 11th, 1919. Parliament saw it as the perfect way to pay tribute to those who had fallen in the war.
I am called to share his letter with you today. I know it’s a little different than my usual community email but it feels important.
“To All My People:
Tuesday next, November 11th, is the first anniversary of the armistice which stayed the world-wide carnage of the four preceding years, and marked the victory of right and freedom. I believe that my people in every part of the Empire fervently wish to perpetuate the memory of that great deliverance and of those who laid down their lives to achieve it.
To afford an opportunity for the universal expression of this feeling it is my desire and hope that at the hour when the armistice came into force, the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, there may be for the brief space of two minutes a complete suspension of all our normal activities.
During that time, except in rare cases where this might be impracticable, all work, all sound and all locomotion should cease, so that in perfect stillness the thoughts of every one may be concentrated on reverent remembrance…
No elaborate organization appears to be necessary. At a given signal, which can be easily arranged to suit the circumstances of each locality, I believe that we shall all gladly interrupt our business and pleasure whatever it may be and unite in this simple service of silence and remembrance.
This Sunday we honour the service of those who fought, remember those who have passed, and come together to be the hearts of peace.
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