Why the silence kept on somebody's memory is alwayss for TWO minutes ?
The practice of silently remembering the dead was already established. The death of King Edward VII, in 1910, was marked by a minute\'s silence. So was the news of the sinking of the Titanic, in 1912. Sir Percy will have remembered how his fellow South Africans stood in silence on receiving bad news from the front line during the war.
But Sir Percy\'s proposal was different. He suggested to King George V that victory in the bloodiest war in history should be commemorated by a ritual associated with mourning. It suited the mood of the moment. Too many people were grieving for loved ones and living with economic dislocation. The public was more inclined to mourn than gloat over Germany\'s humiliation.
The idea of a silence appealed to the King, who invited Sir Percy and others to a rehearsal by the Grenadier Guards in Buckingham Palace. They decided that five minutes was too long, and settled for two.
On 7 November 1919 the King issued a proclamation asking \"that at ...more