The minute of silence istraditionally a worldwide period of silence to represent and show respect for atragedy. People stop work to observe a moment of silence at 11am on November11, which is the time and date when hostilities formally ended after more thanfour years of battle during World War I.
Today the moment of silence is usedfor tragedies such as all the heart-breaking terrorist attacks that haveoccurred during the last few years. However, some recent searches show thatthis traditional act may be losing its meaning through the use of people usingthis too much. Is the minute of silence overused? Armistice Day is on 11 November andis also known as Remembrance Day.It marks the day World War Oneended, at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month; in 1918.
A two-minute silenceis held at 11am to remember the people who have died in wars. There is alsoRemembrance Sunday every year, which falls on the second Sunday in November. Theanniversary is used to remember all the people who have died in wars – not justWorld War One but also includes World War Two and other battles. No wonderpeople pay respect for this people that have fought and served their country,incident people left their families and loved ones to serve their country, howbrave.
But then again what’s one minutegoing to do? Some people believe they should be silent to pay respect but don’tyou think it’s getting rather pathetic? Should we start having moments ofsilence for people getting injured whilst playing a sport or what about someonefalling off a bike? Oh wait, we have. Manchester City Football clubs Germanmagician in midfield ilkay Gündo?an injured his ligaments a fortnight beforeChristmas against Watford and gets ruled out for approximately 9 months.Following this Manchester City wore back to front tops with the player nameprinted on it to pay respect for their big loss in midfield but that isn’tenough. They then decide to have a moment of silence for a player that gotinjured doing his job. Should people pay respect if plumbers get injured whilstdoing their jobs? Isn’t it getting too much? Saudi Arabia’s national footballteam got criticised for failing to observe a minute’s silence held before theirmatch against Australia in Adelaide.
The Socceroo’s lined up in the centre ofthe pitch before the World Cup qualifier and held the moment silence as respectto the two Australians killed in the terrorist attack in London at thatweekend. As they did so, the Saudi Arabia team continued jogging, passing theball between each other and taking their positions on the pitch. Pictures fromthe match show a single Saudi player, Salman al-Faraj, appearing to standfacing the Australia team with his hands behind his back. Isn’t that quitedisrespectful? A sense of mocking a national team and two innocent people. Thetwo people that died were working in London and moved there for jobs, one was ananny the other was a nurse.
Both jobs involve working with people and helpingpeople and for the innocent people to die in a terrorist attack and not get anyrespect or membrane for it is shocking even worse, mocked. Is this too far? Some people just can’t get theirmind around what a moment of silence will do. The tragedy is still going to bethe same nothing will change just because people were quiet for a moment is it.Paying a moment will do absolutely nothing.
It’s getting over used year afteryear for pathetic reasons. Hence why I have come to theconclusion that the moment of silence is over used in my opinion for reasonssuch as people getting injured for doing their job, but for innocent people toget hurt or brave people that fought for our country that is when people shouldpay respect. I find it appalling that people get paid respect for pulling aligament or getting hurt and yet still survive . There’s no need to pay respectfor that at all.