Two-Minute Silence - 11:00 am
Two-Minute Silence and Playing of the Last Post and Reveille
Although this is to be a day of celebration, it is important that the country stops for these two minutes to remember the men and women from the NHS, social care and other key services on the front line who lost their lives in the service of others. Civic heads, MPs and faith leaders could come together and lead their communities in the two-minute silence.
Throughout the country, the silence will be followed by the playing of the Last Post and Reveille by local buglers, trumpeters and cornet players drawn locally from the cadet forces, brass, silver and school bands, the Salvation Army and individual musicians. This aspect of the day will be led by young buglers from the Air Training Corps, Sea, Army and Combined Cadet Forces, who will be playing in every city throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, accompanied by individual buglers at Land’s End, Cornwall; Lowestoft, Suffolk, the most easterly town in England; Unst, Scotland, the most northerly inhabited Island in Scotland; St Davids, Wales, the most westerly city in Wales; Enniskillen Castle, Northern Ireland, the most westerly castle in the country and in front of the Tanhill Inn, Richmond, North Yorkshire, the highest pub in Great Britain.
We hope that the educational authorities thought the UK will encourage those at school, college and university, to stop what they are doing at 11am on 5th July and undertake the Two Minute Silence too, as their tribute to those who do so much for us all.
What an inspiration Captain Sir Tom Moore has been during these unprecedented times. The former Army officer not only raised more than £32 million in sponsorship for NHS Charities Together, he also raised our spirits. Watching him walk 100 lengths of his garden as he approached 100 years of age brought a ray of sunshine into the pandemic darkness. When he was interviewed by the media he always offered a wise word and a note of encouragement that earned him legions of fans, not only in the UK but around the world. When he passed away on 2nd February 2021 we said farewell to a modest man who captured all our hearts. So, when you’re taking part in the two-minute silence for the heroes of our NHS and frontline services, please take time to also remember the heroic spirit of Captain Tom.