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history_monk ([personal profile] history_monk) wrote2014-06-21 03:29 pm
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11th November 2018

Is, of course the centenary of Armistice Day, the end of fighting in the First World War. It's a Sunday, which means that the Remembrance Day ceremonies (always on a Sunday nowadays in the UK) will take place on the correct day. There are normally parades, the laying of wreaths and a two-minute silence; I expect that there will be extra elements for the centenary, but we haven't reached the centenary of the start of the war yet, and nothing seems to have been announced yet.

I've thought of something I plan to do personally. A whole-day silence. This means no talking, unless it's necessary for safety, no TV or radio, no music except a part of a ceremony, and so on. This seems perfectly practical, as it's a Sunday - a working day without speech is not possible in my job - and while it will be strange, and something of a strain, I think it will force me to contemplate what the war and our memories of it mean.

I would be very happy if others were to do this, but I really don't think it ought to be made an official act of remembrance.

[identity profile] vicarage.livejournal.com 2014-06-22 05:55 am (UTC)(link)
An interesting idea, almost a return to the original idea of a Jewish sabbath, only to be used for contemplation, not work

It show how far we've changed that it needs such a major event to contemplate contemplation.

[identity profile] history-monk.livejournal.com 2014-06-22 09:25 am (UTC)(link)
I didn't think of it in the context of contemplation, but as a far more drastic version of the two-minute silence: I should have been clearer about that. Thinking about the kind of day it would imply suggested contemplation.
Edited 2014-06-22 09:26 (UTC)