A Conversation for Silence as a Mark of Respect

Silence at the RSL

Post 1

Gavin Orr

Within Australia, in every RSL (The Returned & Services League of Australia) Club, every evening at 6PM, the lights go down, everyone stands still and quiet, then the following ode is recited
"...They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them....

Lest we Forget."

To which many of the patrons of the club respond with

"Lest we Forget."

According to the RSL web site, there are 1500 branches of the RSL in Australia, with about 240,000 members.

Regardless of your opinion as to the value of war, my guess is this ritual is the most consistent, and largest, observation of silence on the planet.

smiley - run

Silence at the RSL

Post 2

The Tea Totaller

This ritual is also followed in New Zealand, in branches of the RSA (The Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association Inc.).

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