On November 11, Canadians and citizens of other Commonwealth nations honour our military veterans and current individuals serving around the world with Remembrance Day. Specifically, ceremonies are scheduled to commemorate the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month because that was the date and time that WWI formally came to an end in 1918. In the United States, it is called Veteran’s Day and in other parts of the world, it is known as Armistice Day.
“A Pittance of Time” was written by Canadian singer/songwriter Terry Kelly. Please watch the video below to get a sense of what he feels is important to remember on this day.
This video is based on the songwriter’s own experiences. On November 11, 1999, in a drugstore in Nova Scotia, Terry Kelly surprisingly heard the store manager announce on the PA system that two-minutes of silence would be observed at 11:00 am to respect the sacrifices made by men and women who had served in our military. It was unusual to see this happen in the community outside of formal ceremonies at local cenotaphs or schools.
What are your thoughts on the manager’s decision to do this? What images or words in Terry Kelly’s video stand out the most for you? What message do they leave you with?