Two Minute Silence On Armistice Day

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Btt... 1 Hour 12 Minutes and Counting... Hopefully one of the MODS has seen the 'Last Tommy' Thread and will 'Sticky' it at the top of the index page...
 
#3
And I hope people do actually reflect and silently say "thank you" to them all whilst observing the two minute silence. Not just stay silent for the sake of it. And also think of the boys (and girls!!) in Iraq and wish them a safe, speedy homecoming.
 
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eve1962 said:
And I hope people do actually reflect and silently say "thank you" to them all whilst observing the two minute silence. Not just stay silent for the sake of it. And also think of the boys in Iraq and wish them a safe, speedy homecoming.
Indeed, and all of our lads and lassies in Afghanistan and everywhere. We're ever so thankful!
 
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We are soldiers
No bugles, nor drums,
Nor well-heeled statesmen
Can provide our epitaph.

We died as we lived,
As we fought: with our friends
Beside us and our families within.
All else was forgotten.

You will not know
What horrors echo
In that red paper flower.
That’s our greatest gift.

So stand still
When they ask you.
And think not on what we did
But what we dreamed

For You.

(Poem entitled "Gift" and taken from an Order of Service from an old school of mine. Author: M. Patel)
 
#7
I've got that little poem that someone inserted into the 'poppies in my office' thread ready to fire off to the geeks here just before the 2 miinute silence.

Hopefully a few of the 'I'm wearing an elastic band on my wrist because a multi-millionaire rockstar told me it's cool' brigade feel so guilty that they'll chuck themselves out of the top floor shortly afterwards for not wearing a poppy.

I also got 2 x whistling daughters (10 & 7) to bring down their school sweatshirts last night and pinned a poppy on both. I asked them why they were wearing it and I proudly listened, tear in my eye, as they stated some damn fine reasons. To be fair to their schools they have been taking them through the history of the poppy and Remembrance Day.
 
#8
It's good to hear that not all the news coming out of the schools is bad. Everyone should wear a poopy as a sign of rememberance, even a sign of respect at this time of year, but their reasons and their thoughts when they do remember are their own personal reasons and thoughts.
 
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:evil: Second year in a row my company (recruitment) has ignored the two minutes silence, I emailed last year and asked why and I was told it was a personal thing and besides we are an American company!!!!! FFS is it not Veterens Day in the US?

No surprise the Asian Tsunami was the usual outpouring of hand wringing and they even turned the phones off!!




Bast@rds :evil:
 
#16
Padre says this is a nice one to finish off the silence:

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army
IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
 
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Vonshot said:
:evil: Second year in a row my company (recruitment) has ignored the two minutes silence, I emailed last year and asked why and I was told it was a personal thing and besides we are an American company!!!!! FFS is it not Veterens Day in the US?

No surprise the Asian Tsunami was the usual outpouring of hand wringing and they even turned the phones off!!

If anyone uses them in a HR capacity PM me and I can let you know.


Bast@rds :evil:
That's terrible! I'm sure even the Americans would happilly pay respect to our guys, just as we would theirs. What utter beaurocratic drivil
 
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I'm disgusted, the company i currently have the misfortune of working for has just done sweet f a. i brought in a box of poppies, sent an email and basicly shamed any man and his dog not seen wearing one. just taken myself outside to do my bit and pay my respects with a bit of peace, but could still hear the no mark inanimate oxygen thieving waste of spaces laughing and joking as if nothing was happening. Why? have we passed a point where its no longer regarded by the majority as a need of respect? My appologies if i have placed this in the wrong thread, but i'm at my wits end, whats the point in trying to educate these idiots and doing our part if, it seems, the majority are not giving a toss!
 
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I work for an American company - and we've had constant reminders by e-mail- they even sounded the fire alarms at 11am to remind everyone to fall silent.

That HR companies attitude isn't on.