Remembrance Weekend

The news on the radio yesterday was full of stuff about Remembrance events. Now I thought we had Remembrance Sunday, and everyone else did their thing on 11 November (in roughly the way that the entire planet celebrates 1 May, except in the UK, where we get the first Monday in May as a holiday). So has Remembrance Day expanded to fill the whole weekend because there are a lot more troops than usual being killed around the world, and the media is sensitive about this kind of thing, or is this a sign that our distinctive, parochial Sunday observance is under threat from the forces of globalisation?

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  1. “in roughly the way that the entire planet celebrates 1 May, except in the UK”

    And in the US where Labor Day is the first Monday in September. Never mind that 1 May was chosen because of the labor movement in the US demanding an 8 hour day by 1 May 1886, and the Haymarket massacre that followed the demonstrations in Chicago in support of that demand, and the hanging of anarchist Albert Parsons and others who spoke at the demonstration in Haymarket Square ion 4 May, 1886. Parsons and the the others were convicted and hung for the bomb thrown into the police ranks that night even tho’ no evidence wan presented that they had anything to do with the bomb. See John Ross Murdered by Capitalism for an interesting attempt to figure out, a century on who actually done it.

  2. Ten years, my goodness. I suppose a combination of living in America for the first half of the decade and then working in an institution which is pretty good at shutting out the outside world means I haven’t noticed until now…

    Thanks for the link.

    In the US, of course, 1 May is Loyalty Day!

  3. It was pointed out to me last night that, since 9/11, one minute’s silence rarely seems enough – now people usually want two or even three. I’m not sure if this is just inflation or also a result of globalisation (specifically the import of an American ‘super sized’ silence)

  4. Borat once asked for a ten minute silence to commemorate the victims of a Kazakh massacre. If I remember rightly, he later admitted to being from the part of Kazakhstan that was responsible for the massacre.

  5. On super-silences, the “three minute silence” was, I think, an EU-sponsored project to mark the dead of the Asian tsunami. I agree that three minutes is excessive, but I don’t think we can blame this on the Americans.

  6. In my young day (b.1963) it was a 2-minute silence and, in school, observed on the 11th. I still do it, myself, however eccentric it seems. It doesn’t seem to make sense to do it on a Sunday unless you’re a Christian. In America, btw, it is veteran’s day, not remembrance day — there being a hell of a lot of veterans, and a lot of wars to be veterans of, only one of which has any honour attached to it.

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