Armistice Day Anniversary 2006
On the anniversary date of the ending of the First World War many people still pay a silent tribute to the victims of that and other conflicts since by observing a ‘Two Minutes Silence’. At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month many people cease what they are doing for a couple of minutes and reflect upon the loss of friends and family in wars and conflicts that have taken place since 1918. In almost every year since the end of the Second World War there has been at least one death of a British or Commonwealth service man or woman.
On Saturday 11 November 2006, the busiest shopping day of the week, millions of people in Britain and many Commonwealth countries stopped whatever they were doing at 11.00 am and took part in the ‘Two Minutes Silence’. Many towns and villages held short formal services to coincide with the eleventh hour, including one at St Nicholas Gardens, Whitehaven, Cumbria where this photograph was taken. It shows some of the poppy wreaths laid by members of the public, young and old, veterans of the Armed Servives and those who have been civilians all their lives. In London, the Lord Mayor's Parade stopped for the Two Minutes Silence and the Queen dedicated a new Memorial for New Zealand Servicemen.
Let us remember them.