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King George V’s November 7, 1919, Proclamation Introducing The 2 Minute ‘Great Silence’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
1/ Origins Of “Armistice Day” (a.k.a “Poppy Day”) — June 11, 2013.
2/ ‘Blood Red Poppy Plaque’, Ontario, Canada … — July 3, 2013.
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Part of My “Poppy Day” series on this Blog.

This post, as with other recent related posts, at the behest of  ‘Nancy’,
the lady from Ontario Canada who sent me the original, side on, picture of the ‘Poppy Plaque’ in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


GVOriginal1

From http://www.salegion.co.za/two-minutes-silence.html. Click image to ENLARGE. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access original.


2minsilGV2b

From http://www.thetwominutesilence.co.uk/history. Click image to ENLARGE. Click link below to access the original.

Click here to access original.


BBC2minuteGV

From http://www.bbc.co.uk/remembrance/how/silence.shtml. Click image to ENLARGE. Click link below to access original.

Click here to access original.


Nancy's transcript of the King's proclamation. Scanned image cope she sent to me. Click to ENLARGE.

Nancy’s transcript of the King’s proclamation. Scanned image cope she sent to me. Click to ENLARGE.


My continuing efforts, at the urging of ‘Nancy’, to accurately document as much of this history as possible.

The above BBC page has more of the Edward George Honey letter than I had in my earlier post. So that is good.

I would love to get my hands on the 7 November 1919 The Times of London with the actual proclamation.

Thank you, Nancy.

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2 responses to “King George V’s November 7, 1919, Proclamation Introducing The 2 Minute ‘Great Silence’.”

  1. 2 Minutes Silence for Fallen says :

    A variation here – in England they now mark a Remembrance Sunday whereas Canada adheres to the date of the Armistice for its formalities. Some confusion with Thanksgiving day in early years but it was shifted back to October.
    Really interesting to see how the concepts are adapted locally as one browses
    the outreaches of Empire in that time and today.

  2. 2 Minutes Silence for Fallen says :

    A search of the online archive of the Toronto Ontario Daily Star shows in 1934 on Saturday November 10th, a young girl “tagging” at a downtown intersection for the one-day ‘Poppy Day Fund’ on the “eve of Armistice Day”.
    Elsewhere November 11 is referred to as “Remembrance Day”, so the traditional title is changing. Can’t see “Legion” in the photo.
    When this name-change became official is not yet clear as in the first November 11th of the 1939-45 war, the banks are closing on “Armistice Day”. The idea of a ‘field of poppies’ outside the Legislature and at the military reserve out at the cemetery seems routine. Not clear if they were just the lapel poppies or on a marker stick as one still sees in Britain and where visitors have place them in Commonwealth War Graves Commision cemeteries on the Continent. [Recently one sees just a single stick, not the X, the battlefield one with crossbar for grave identification inscription, read by some as excluding those of other than the Christian denominations]
    When Britain made the name changeover, and when theymoved the formal day to a Sunday is not reported here. But 15 years after the first “Day”, people are expected to suspend activity at the hour no matter where they are for the 2 minute silence of remembrance. Not yet reduced to dignitaries and wreaths at cenotaphs and photo opps – likely a product of the television age.

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