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When Did The Two Minute World War Remembrance Silence Start?



TwoMinuteSilence The author Percy FitzPatrick, who wrote Jock of the Bushveld and South African Memories, witnessed a silence for the Country's World War One dead and casualties whilst at church in Cape Town, South Africa in 1916.


This action inspired Percy FitzPatrick to encourage other Countries and citizens to honour the war dead from World War One by observing a two minute silence.





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First Two Minute Silence


The first two minute silence was in the city Cape Town in 1918 on the 14th December.



First UK Two Minute Silence


Two Minute Silence Percy FitzPatrick wrote to King George V requesting that Britain adopt a two minute silence on the first anniversary of Armistice Day. The King accepted his request and the first UK two minute silence took place on November the 11th 1919. It proved popular and occurred each year thereafter, except during World War Two. However the first Remembrance Sunday after the Second World War in 1946 included the two minute silence.


One Minute Silence


Minute Silence
Over the years it was shortened to a one minute silence until 1995 when on the 8th May when it was the 50th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day). Since then the two minute silence has been observed each November the 11th - the eleventh hour and the eleventh day of the eleventh month when the end of World War One was declared.


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