Two Minute Silence
Each year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we observe a Two Minute Silence. Armistice Day on 11 November marks the end of the First World War and is a day to remember and honour those who have paid the price for our freedom.
Why the act of remembrance matters
Great Britain still believes strongly in remembering those who fought not only in World Wars, but the more than 12,000 British Servicemen and women killed or injured since 1945.
The Royal British Legion supports silences observed during both Remembrance Sunday services and on 11 November, Armistice Day, itself. The act of Remembrance rightly has a place in - and impact on - our lives, no matter which day of the week it might fall upon.
Where can I attend a Remembrance service?
When 11 November falls on a weekday, the Legion hosts ‘Silence in the Square’. The event, held in Trafalgar Square, London, sees members of the public placing poppy petals into the capital’s famous fountains after observing the silence.
Legion Branches around the country participate in local Remembrance services both on Remembrance Sunday and on 11 November.
How to observe the Two Minute Silence
The Royal British Legion recommends that the Two Minute Silence is observed in the following order:
- At 11am, the Last Post is played
- The exhortation is then read (see below)
- The Two Minute Silence then begins
- The end of the silence is signalled by playing the Reveille
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them."
Response: "We will remember them."
To assist in organising your own act of Remembrance, download our Two Minute Silence mp3 file. It includes the Last Post at the beginning and Reveille to end the silence. Or you can view the video version below.
In the days before Armistice Day we’re asking people to show that they’ll be taking part in the Two Minute Silence on Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday by using the #TwoMinuteSilence hashtag.