I was meeting a friend at the Cenotaph for the Remembrance day service. She arrived to hear the trumpet playing the Last Post, I arrived at 10:45 a.m. during the two minutes of silence.
People were still arriving before 11 a.m. expecting to get there in time but the wreaths were already being laid.
Speaking with others in the crowd, “O Canada” was not sung to start the program.
And about the early start, the announcer said, “It’s 11 o’clock somewhere.”
Well, no it is not. It was a disgrace, certain protocol must be followed to show national unity.
We felt cheated, we were all there to attend the 11 a.m. service.
There is great meaning and significance to Nov 11, at 11 a.m.
We all expect the two minutes of silence to be at 11 a.m., period.
Last year it was the same, the service started too early.