In Rememberance of the Fallen.

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by spike7451, Nov 8, 2006.

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  1. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

  2. In a similar vein, and further to the post by BadCO (I think). The following is the text from the RBL's website in relation to The Two Minute Silence this Saturday in Trafalgar Square.

    Many people I have spoken to (in the South East), are completely unaware that this is taking place and are glad to be told about it.

    As a suggestion, if you are working for a company in the South East, why not send a "London office" email to make your colleagues in commuting distance, aware of the two minutes silence at Trafalgar Square (If you're stuck for words, copy and paste the text below). Or, print out and put a copy of the web page on the staff notice board. Usual caveats relating to your email policy apply, but I can't see many companies not endorsing the message - speak to IT if you are worried about sending all stations emails around your organisation.

    Anything, that gets the public at large to not only think about the act of rememberance, but also take part, has to be good news and hopefully, this way you can raise the profile of the RBL and the work that it carries out. even if people are unable to make it to Trafalgar Square on Saturday, there are many local gatherings taking place on Saturday, check with your local RBL branch for details. For those that are unable to participate on Saturday, the other link is to the RBL donations page, should people wish to contribute.

    Website Link:

    More than 80% will say it with silence this Saturday

    Text as follows:

    With just a week to go until Armistice Day a survey has revealed that the Two Minute Silence is still overwhelmingly relevant to Britons of all ages today.

    Questioning nearly 1,500 adults on behalf of The Royal British Legion, YouGov researchers found that:

    • 85% of Britons still think that the Two Minute Silence is relevant today.
    • 81% of 18-29 year olds agreed that this year’s silence is relevant to them.
    • Over half of those surveyed said that during the silence they would be thinking of all conflicts, past and present.
    • 30-50 year olds were the most likely age group to associate the silence with the cost of conflict, past and present.
    • Those in the over 50 age group were more likely to think of those who had given their lives during WW1 and WW2

    The Royal British Legion, which is planning a mass participation Two Minute Silence event in Trafalgar Square at 11am on 11th November, is extremely encouraged by the results of the survey.

    Stuart Gendall, Director of Corporate Communications at The Royal British Legion, said: “With so many British troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan it is clear that young people in particular are aware of the cost of modern conflict, and understand the importance of taking time to reflect upon it. The Legion produces a schools pack every year which goes to over 50,000 schools, and this is obviously bearing fruit.

    “Far from being erased from our memories as history marches on, the Two Minute Silence is as relevant as ever. I urge everyone across the country to pause to reflect at 11 am on 11th November. I extend a warm invitation for anyone close to London on the day to come to Trafalgar Square and stand shoulder to shoulder with others in reflection on the human cost of war.”

    The Silence in the Square will end with the traditional Reveille from a lone bugler and a fly-past of four Typhoon aircraft by the RAF. All those present at the event will be invited to place Poppies in the fountains at Trafalgar Square in a symbolic act after the silence. People are asked to gather together from 10am at the square, and there will be a live performance by all–girl Classical group All Angels.

  3. I'd like to meet the 19% who didn't :evil: :twisted:
  4. Just spent the last hour looking at the link - very emotional.
  5. Well done for taking the trouble. In this instant news age that we live in, people are subject to so many "messages" each day that it's worth putting this on their' desktop with an email to get them to think about it.
  6. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    It is indeed a very sobering thought.Joe Public think 'oh,another soldier dead' but it is'nt until you look at something like the Palace wall that you remember the names,the context & the sacrifice they made.
    Each & every death to us here as a whole means so much more.We are a extended family of sorts,even tho in a lot of the cases,we did'nt personally know the person named,there is someone here who did.
    It is for them,the families & the memories of the Fallen that we remember.
    We will forget them not.
  7. Some sobering facts (taken from minutes of my local RBL Branch AGM):

    By 1918, the total number of servicemen and women in the Armed Forces was (GB Total) 4, 970, 902, with 1, 000, 213 Commonwealth soldiers. (Unclear if this refers to the total who had served throughout the war, or the number actually serving when the census was taken).

    Total casualties:
    Western Front: 128, 205 Officers, 2, 632, 592 Other Ranks.
    All theatres: 144, 135 Officers, 2, 935, 257 Other Ranks.

    Ammunition fired on the Western Front: 343, 037, 061 rifle rounds, 15, 790, 023 shells, 694, 575 mortar bombs, 7, 191, 763 grenades. A total of 5, 438, 602 tons of munitions were shipped to France.

    And we think we've got it bad......