coming Sunday – 'at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month' of this 18th
year - many of us will pause for a moment's quiet contemplation and reflect on
the legacy of our forebears who sacrificed their lives in the service of their
country and those they loved.
Based on a notion of legacy
articulated over 2,000 years ago by Plato: 'We should leave our children a
legacy rich, not in gold, but in reverence.' Each generation bequeaths to the
next what it is most important to remember. And what we must never forget.
This quality of reverence was
beautifully captured in the Manchester Guardian's report of the first Two
Minute Silence observed on the anniversary of the Armistice, marking the
official time and date of the end of World War 1 in 1918: