Tomorrow on November 11th, millions of Canadians will do the same thing.
As the clock strikes 11 a.m., they will pause for two minutes to commemorate the day when Europe experienced its first moments of peace at the end of World War 1.
Why November 11th?
On 11 November 1918, after four years of non stop warfare, the guns of the Western Front fell silent. The allied armies had pushed the German invaders back, having heavily defeated them in many major battles in the previous four months.
In November the Germans called for an armistice (an end to the fighting) in order to negotiate a peace settlement. At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Germany completely surrendered and signed the peace agreement with the Allies.
The 11th hour.
This first modern world conflict had brought about the mobilization of over 70 million people and left between 9 and 13 million dead. Almost one third of those dead lay in an unknown grave.
Watch the listen to the following video that deals with this issue. Answer the questions BEFORE watching the video.
On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a drug store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM the store made an announcement asking customers to stop what they were doing and give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.
Terry was impressed with that unlike so many other stores who completely ignore Remembrance Day, this store was playing a leadership role in adopting the two minutes of silence initiative.
Angry at the father's behaviour - which showed a bad example to his child, Terry wrote a song that showed how he felt and why he thought it was so important to be silent for two minutes. Terry later recorded A Pittance of Time and included it on his full-length music CD, The Power of the Dream.