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 The Royal British Legion’s 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.

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 it the video version below or on our YouTube channel

Our video


In the days before Armistice Day 2015 we asked people to show that were taking part in the Two Minute Silence on Armistice Day.

By holding a poppy to their lips they showed the nation that they were ready to mark the #TwoMinuteSilence in Remembrance of those who laid down their lives.