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Tomorrow, as is usual on Armistice Day in the UK, we will be invited to take two minutes silence at 11am to recall the moment in 1918 when the “war to end all wars” finally ended. And to give 120 seconds of thought to those who have died due to warfare then and since.
I have mixed feelings each year when the poppies that mark this day start to appear, suspicious of this symbolic gesture to war victims of the past while Britain continues to involve itself in unnecessary, and illegal, wars in the present.
Despite agreeing with the British Legion website when it asserts that “remembrance transcends all boundaries”, as someone who also agrees with the sentiment behind the crudely expressed hippy saying (strong language objectors, avert your eyes) that “fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity”, I cannot imagine ever wearing a poppy,
The Legion’s assertion would be more convincing if, as well as recalling the 12,000 British Servicemen and women killed or injured on active service since 1945, the website also made reference to those killed and injured, victimised or tortured during those decades – and right now – by their own army.
How much easier it would be to wear the poppy then. Or if the legion spent some of its considerable funds on peacework. Or if it showed that it cared – even if only verbally – for anyone outside its Royal British border.
However, the courage and sacrifices of those who fight is undeniable. And this year, as part of its work on their behalf, the Legion has released a single and video called Two Minute Silence, featuring noiseless contributions from a variety of celebrities — including David Tennant, Bob Hoskins, Bryan Ferry, Plan B, and prime minister, David Cameron.
As well as raising money, the Legion says it aims to promote the significance of silence. And that’s something I definitely can sign up for (especially as it may beat the dreaded Take That to the No 1 chart spot this weekend).
If you would like to buy it and support their work, you can do so: here. And you can grab a few more moments of blessed silence, courtesy of the BBC: Here.
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