How To Remember ‘The Glorious Dead’

A two-minute silence is held at 11am today to remember the people who have died in wars.

Why do we hold a two-minute silence?

The first two-minute silence in Britain was held on 11 November 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11am.

This was one year after the end of World War One.

He made the request so “the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead”.