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Where does a minute’s silence originate from?

The nation held a minute’s silence for the victims of the London terror attack.

Seven people were killed during the attack on Saturday night, with 48 others injured, during the cowardly attack which involved a van running people over on London Bridge, and the attackers stabbing people in bars and restaurants in the Borough Market.

It was the third terrorist attack in the past three months in Britain, and dozens of people have died in total throughout these heinous attempts to change our way of life.

Vigils are one way that the victims have been remembered, with lots of people turning up to pay their respects to people who have died.

But a minute’s silence is the go-to way that an entire nation remembers incidents of this nature, and it allows people the opportunity to truly remember these people and think about what has happened.

The first ever minute’s silence dates back all the way to just after the First World War.

On Armistice Day in 1919, exactly one year after the war ended, King George V issued a proclamation to state that a silence should take place to remember the victims of the war.

Interestingly, he also said that locomotives should stop, which meant that all movement should stop as well. It shows that the minute’s silence shouldn’t just be about not talking for a minute, but literally not doing anything so that you can properly reflect on the sacrifices that these people have made.

We regularly see a minute’s silence for notable figures who have passed these days now, with a minute’s applause being a common way to remember a sporting figure.

It is a good way to remember people who have lost their lives, and it looks set to be the main way that people continue to remember the dead for many years to come.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/40156698

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