Two-Minute Silence Is Still Important

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), November 9, 2006 | Go to article overview

Two-Minute Silence Is Still Important


A survey reveals the Two-Minute Silence is still overwhelmingly relevant to Britons of all ages.

Questioning nearly 1,500 adults on behalf of the Royal British Legion, YouGov researchers found that:

85% of Britons still think it is still relevant.

81% of 18-29s agreed this year's silence is relevant to them.

Over half of those surveyed said that during the silence they would be thinking of all conflicts, past and present.

30-50s were the most likely age group to associate the silence with the cost of conflict, past and present.

The over-50s were more likely to think of those who had given their lives during the two world wars.

The Royal British Legion, which is planning a mass participation Two-Minute Silence in Trafalgar Square at 11am this Saturday, is extremely encouraged by the results of the survey.

Stuart Gendall, the Legion's director of corporate communications, said: "With so many British troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan it's clear that young people in particular are aware of the cost of modern conflict, and understand the importance of taking time to reflect upon it. …

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