On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of Europe went quiet. 6 hours earlier, the Armistice was signed in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne, France. After 4 long bloody years of fighting, the Great War was finaly over. One year later, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, people in Britian and the Commonwealth bowed their heads in silence to remember the fallen soldiers. This day was called Armistice Day. After the Second World War, the day was changed to Rememberance Day to include those who had fallen in the two World Wars and later conflicts.
What I've seen and heard today really got on my nerves. At my college most people didn't bother. People in some workplaces just went on with their jobs. A company that makes cameras and AV equipment for the military where my friend works didn't even attempt to observe the 2 minute silence.
The people in the two World Wars gave their lives fighting for what they believed in so that most of us in Britain, the Commonwealth, and America could be alive today. You don't have to be silent for a week, a month, not even a year, just two whole minutes.
So please, if your country respects Rememberance Day, stop what you're doing and give two minutes silence. It's not asking a lot to remember those who fought for their country.