The day Commonwealth countries commemorate their fallen soldiers.
As an Australian I grew up knowing that at 11 o’clock on the 11th of November we paused for a minute’s silence to remember the sacrifice of our World War I soldiers on the anniversary of the armistice.
So when I happened to be catching a flight from Heathrow Airport on Remembrance Day, I was surprised to witness a beautiful moment.
I arrived around 10:30am with the loud speaker telling me that two minutes silence would be observed at 11am to remember the men and women who had sacrificed their lives in war. I thought that was wonderful, but was a bit sceptical as to how it would work in such a big bustling airport.
As I rounded passport control to proceed through the security check, the clock struck 11. No one moved, not a bag was scanned, not a machine beeped.
It was actually quite moving, all of those people from around the world paying their respects. It makes you stop and wonder why there are still so many wars going on in the world today.
Well it certainly made me glassy eyed. My beautiful Grandpa always comes to mind at these times. He fought in World War II and thankfully came back so I had the immense pleasure of growing up with him.
So to all of those people around the world who have lost loved ones in the ultimate sacrifice.