The British Legion have, this year, launched a campaign to highlight twitter and Facebook use during the traditional two minute silence, reminding us that remembrance is about pausing for two minutes rather than simply observing the silence.
We remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms by falling silent at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For two minutes offices, shops, train stations and broadcasting organisations all fall silent as we pause and reflect as a mark of respect.
But Facebook, twitter and other social media websites continue with tweets and status updates continuing without interruption.
The British Legion Website reminds us of the importance of remembrance stating,
‘Remembrance is not just about those who fought in the two World Wars of the last century, but also about those involved in the many other conflicts worldwide since 1945 and those still fighting for peace and freedom today. It is also about learning from the past and resolving to make the world a better place to live in the future.
The act of observing a Two Minute Silence began in 1919 following the Armistice at 11am on 11 November 1918 at the end of the First World War.’
Rake Mark Observes the Armistice
Rake Mark are supporting the remembrance via our twitter feed and Facebook page, by posting
‘I’ll be remembering the fallen at 11 o’clock #2MinuteSilence #LestWeForget’,
but our feeds will fall silent at 11am.
The Rake Mark team would also like to remind our customers, clients and callers that as a part of the remembrance that they do not answer calls, emails or support requests in the run up to eleven and during the two minute silence.
More than three quarters of the UK population are expected to pause for the Two Minute Silence at 11am on 11 November, the moment the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War.