I first published this post in November 2013 and I will republish it today because it is still close to me. Remembrance day 2014 will be special for Canadians because the news of Cpl Nathan Cirillo, who was shot while guarding the war memorial in Ottawa, is still fresh.

A stark reminder that we can never forget the sacrifices made and lives lost.


If you know me, I am “always on.” I tweet, facebook, google+, check into Foursquare and take and share pictures with Instagram, Vine, Pinterest…. My life is very public because I choose that. I schedule some updates for the reasons outlined in Quality Content + Conversations + Relationships but I also like to share thoughts and pictures on the go.

For me Social Media is part of life, it’s how I choose to communicate.

But the same rules apply as in real life – if a situation calls for quiet reflection I will shut up!

On November 11th at 11am people all over Canada observe 2 minutes of silence to remember those that have served us. You can find me at the memorial ceremony here in Kelowna! I will check in on Foursquare and I will likely tweet a few pictures for those that can’t make it.

But at 11 I will be quiet and I ask you to join me in this! No scheduled tweets or Facebook Pages at that time, no answering emails or talking.

Peter Comrie reminded me of this song that brings a tear to my eyes every time I hear it: A Pittance of Time by Terry Kelly


They fought and some died for their homeland
They fought and some died now it’s our land
Look at his little child, there’s no fear in her eyes
Could he not show respect for other dads who have died?

Take two minutes, would you mind?
It’s a pittance of time
For the boys and the girls who went over
In peace may they rest, may we never forget why they died.
It’s a pittance of time

God forgive me for wanting to strike him
Give me strength so as not to be like him
My heart pounds in my breast, fingers pressed to my lips
My throat wants to bawl out, my tongue barely resists

But two minutes I will bide
It’s a pittance of time
For the boys and the girls who went over
In peace may they rest, may we never forget why they died.
It’s a pittance of time

Read the letters and poems of the heroes at home
They have casualties, battles, and fears of their own
There’s a price to be paid if you go, if you stay
Freedom is fought for and won in numerous ways

Take two minutes would you mind?
It’s a pittance of time
For the boys and the girls all over
May we never forget our young become vets
At the end of the line it’s a pittance of time

It takes courage to fight in your own war
It takes courage to fight someone else’s war
Our peacekeepers tell of their own living hell
They bring hope to foreign lands that the hatemongers can’t kill.

Take two minutes, would you mind?
It’s a pittance of time
For the boys and the girls who go over
In peacetime our best still don battle dress
And lay their lives on the line.
It’s a pittance of time

In Peace may they rest, lest we forget why they died.
Take a pittance of time

In Peace may they rest, lest we forget why they died.

Now it looks like this post is all about me and it is. It’s important to me that you know how I feel about this. My German ancestors have a terrible track-record of plunging their neighbors into war. I insisted on serving my country in a non-military way when my time came but I appreciate the sacrifice others are making every day to keep us and our values safe. So this post is about them – it’s also about you and me, and about how we use the new ways of communication.

Please join me and be quiet for 2 minutes on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour

Are you taking part in Remembrance day celebrations? Where will you be?

Published by Frithjof

Digital media strategist, coach, community manager and CEO of BlueBird Business Consulting. Blogger, podcaster, content creator and teacher with a passion. Favourite quote: “To succeed in the business of the future we have to become the very people we are trying to reach” ~ Brian Solis

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