Bored Nihilist posted this poem on Twitter a few minutes before the silence. I read it
while listening to Barber's Adagio for Strings and very nearly broke
It's a reminder that war is not glorious, that
Remembrance Sunday and all other war related remembrance days and silences are for remembering the fallen, those who managed to stay
with us and are now struggling with what they went through and to hope
that we can put an end to all armed conflict, so that no one, from our own country or any other, will have to suffer to protect their people again.
Remembrance Sunday is NOT
about the glories and victories of past wars or any nationalistic flag
While we think about the men and women who have lost their lives, far from home, also think about those that were fighting them. They were not evil, they were soldiers, just like those from your own country, sent to kill other soldiers by politicians and leaders who will never face the horrors of war themselves. Our political leaders are not thinking about the fallen on Remembrance Sunday, they are thinking about the next invasion; the next glorious victory and the profits they can make from it.
Read this poem and consider holding your tongue the next time you want to send armed forces into danger just because some politician claims a little country or group, thousands of miles away, poses a threat to your nation. Is it worth the cost?