Brendan Cox | Remembrance Day – November 11, 2015
One very special and very powerful minute. Please don’t let it pass by.
We live in a busy and demanding business environment. At times it is hard to find the time to plan the next strategy day, get time to performance manage staff, recruit the next generation, and, of course, meet all those financial and individual business metrics in order to stay afloat and be profitable. At times, it’s hard to see the forest for the trees.
Then there are those opportunities presented to us that will give back some perspective at both the individual and organisational level. This year, on 11 November, marks the 97th Anniversary of what was originally known as Armistice Day and renamed Remembrance Day at the end of WW2.
To many Australians, Remembrance Day is a day where the detail and demands of daily grind need to be placed to one side for one minute in order to think of those who have served this wonderful country. We pause to remember our service men and women who have died in Service to Australia and acknowledge that within our community there remain those who continue to suffer, both mentally and physically, as a result of their service. Of course, their suffering is shared by family and loved ones.
Outside the walls of your business, Australians around the country will pause for one minutes silence at 11 am. You will see it on the news that evening and you may even observe a few people walking past with poppies displayed on their chests…..but what will you do inside your organisation. What standard will you observe? It is only one minute….one very powerful minute in which we, as all Australians, unite and honour the memory of those who no longer can join our ranks, nor can they enjoy employment at your workplace and nor will they ever return home to those they love.
I fully appreciate some businesses may not know what to do or what protocols to follow….please don’t let protocols stop you from remembering what this very special minute in our calendar is about. At 11 am take the phone of the hook and remember… it can be that simple and that powerful. For those who wish to do a bit more, I offer the following as a simple template we use at our workplace. The links to the bugle calls can be accessed via the Australian War Memorial Website. I simply send the below diary or calendar entry invite to all staff and then hit the links for the bugle calls at the appropriate times.
Personally, I know many soldiers and their families that would thank-you for this small investment. I also know some good mates who have not returned who would be humbled to be thought of in this way. Lest We Forget.
Calendar Invite Template
Hello Team, this entry is to reserve a small moment of our time to remember those lives impacted as a result of war and particularly those lives lost as a result of Service to our nation.
Simply at 1059 (I will do this over the phone announcement system) you will be invited to stand where you are and observe one minute’s silence for our fallen service men and women. (At this point I request all phones are switched to silent)
You will hear the last post played. Tradition of the last post– In military tradition, the Last Post is the bugle call that signifies the end of the day’s activities. It is also sounded at military funerals to indicate that the soldier has gone to his/her final rest and at commemorative services such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day
One Minutes silence will be observed. The tradition of one minute’s silence – The idea for the two-minute silence is said to have originated with Edward George Honey, a Melbourne journalist and First World War veteran who was living in London in 1919. On 6 November 1919 the King George V sent a special message to the people of the Commonwealth requesting “a complete suspension of all our normal activities” be observed for two minutes at “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” so that “in perfect stillness the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance “.
Rouse will be played, Tradition of the Rouse – The Rouse is a shorter bugle call that was also used to call soldiers to their duties; being short, the Rouse is the call most commonly used in conjunction with the Last Post at remembrance services.
I will cite the ode to the fallen- The Ode, the fourth stanza of the poem: “ For the fallen” by Laurence Binyon (1869–1943).Interestingly, its use may have originated with the Queensland Anzac Day Commemoration Committee, which printed the poem on the cover of a collection of sermons and addresses for Anzac Day, published in 1921.
…and that’s it
Only takes about three minutes
Lest We Forget
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