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    Should we stop all traffic to show our respects once a year for two minutes to show our respect for all those that gave some much so we can have freedom. Did you stop and reflect for two minutes.
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      I did stop in silence for two minutes.

      However, I strongly believe that we should not force others to be silent (i.e. by stopping traffic - literal and figurative). Others fought so that we have the freedom to make our own choices, including the choice to remember the dead. Additionally, I believe, the moment a silence becomes mandatory, it loses its meaning - I have a silence because I want to remember the dead, not because I have to.
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      I did stop in silence for two minutes.

      However, I strongly believe that we should not force others to be silent (i.e. by stopping traffic - literal and figurative). Others fought so that we have the freedom to make our own choices, including the choice to remember the dead. Additionally, I believe, the moment a silence becomes mandatory, it loses its meaning - I have a silence because I want to remember the dead, not because I have to.
      well said strings. it worries me slightly that some people want to turn remembrance into some sort of display. keep it dignified and traditional. why people feel the need to tweak it and discuss ways of making it better or more dramatic baffles me. we remember our friends, family, and strangers who gave their lives for us. thats solemn enough for me. if you think that turning off an advertising hoarding will make a difference to peoples memories or sentiments and gratitude, then that worries me.
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      I did stop in silence for two minutes.

      However, I strongly believe that we should not force others to be silent (i.e. by stopping traffic - literal and figurative). Others fought so that we have the freedom to make our own choices, including the choice to remember the dead. Additionally, I believe, the moment a silence becomes mandatory, it loses its meaning - I have a silence because I want to remember the dead, not because I have to.
      I have to agree with this.

      I was moved at the Amex on Saturday, and also went to a service yesterday as my kids were in a cub/beaver parade to Easthill Park. I think things like radio broadcasts stopping to observe the silence (and this site closing for 2mins) are a good idea, but there should never be anything 'mandatory' about forcing people to observe this.
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      Stopping all traffic would be not practical but they could stop traffic driving past a war memorial while the public show there respects if you can put in a diversion in. I think they stopped the traffic in some parts of London.
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      Stopping all traffic would be not practical but they could stop traffic driving past a war memorial while the public show there respects if you can put in a diversion in. I think they stopped the traffic in some parts of London.
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      Stopping all traffic would be not practical but they could stop traffic driving past a war memorial while the public show there respects if you can put in a diversion in. I think they stopped the traffic in some parts of London.
      They do, around Parliament Square during the silence at Westminster Abbey at the garden of Remembrance service.

      But I'm firmly in the "you cannot impose this on anyone" camp.
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      Pretty much all responses are spot on. Remember them because you want to, not because someone else is telling you to.
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      I was on a bus and the driver held it at the bus stop. Told everyone in advance he was going to do that.
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      I did stop for 2 minutes, the least one can do (if it is possible of course!) in remembrance of all those brave people who lost their lives. Personally I think its important we don't lose certain values, and the 2 minutes silence is something I have always remembered and respected.

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