Celebrities put poppies to lips for Remembrance
Celebrities including Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Lord Sugar, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Jools Holland and Olly Murs are urging the public to put a poppy over their lips to support The Royal British Legion’s call for the Nation to observe the Two Minute Silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
The stars from the world of television, sport and music appear in a new film to raise awareness and understanding of the Two Minute Silence – reminding people that it is not simply about people being quiet, but observing ‘for a brief space of two minutes, a complete suspension of all our normal activities’ as set out by King George V in November, 1919.
The Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch, National Chaplain to The Royal British Legion, comments: “Modern life is lived at an incredibly fast pace, but it is hugely important that people find the time to remember and respect those that have sacrificed – and continue to make sacrifice – in the service of our country. The Two Minute Silence on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month is as relevant today as it was when it was introduced by King George V in 1919. The Legion is thankful to the people who have taken part in the film for helping to publicise the importance of the Two Minute Silence and we hope it reminds everyone to suspend their normal activities for a brief period of time on Armistice Day in memory of the fallen.”
Remembering the Fallen with a #TwoMinuteSilence
The Royal British Legion has released the film following research that revealed 38 per cent of people are not planning to observe the Two Minute Silence at 11am on 11 November (Wednesday). Almost half of those questioned (45 per cent) say that whilst they may observe the silence, they also intend to carry on their normal activities such as browsing the internet (18 per cent), emailing (17 per cent) and using social networks (12 per cent).
Two thirds (67 per cent) of 18 to 25 year-olds do not know when Armistice Day actually is while only half (51 per cent) say they are planning to observe the Two Minute Silence. Nearly a third (29 per cent) of the 18-25 year-olds questioned say they are likely to browse the internet during the Two Minute Silence, 27 per cent will email and 23 per cent will use social networks.
The Royal British Legion is also asking members of the public to take a picture of themselves with a poppy over their lips and share online to demonstrate their intention to join in the Two Minute Silence ahead of Armistice Day (Wednesday).