11 November 2008

A Pittance of Time

National Veterans Foundation

On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store's PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the store's leadership role in adopting the Legion's "two minutes of silence" initiative. He felt that the store's contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven o'clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the "two minutes of silence" to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Terry's anger towards the father for trying to engage the store's clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was later channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, "A Pittance of Time". Terry later recorded "A Pittance of Time" and included it on his full-length music CD, "The Power of the Dream".
While the uniforms are Canadian, the sentiment applies to all veterans everywhere. Remember them all on their day for just a pittance of time.


Linda said...

Two minutes of time is certainly nothing compared to the sacrifices made by so many men and women over time who have insured that we still have our freedom.

Excellent post, Jamie!

maryt/theteach said...

A lovely post for our veterans and Canadian veterans! And all veterans who have had to fight to defend their countries.

maryt/theteach said...

Happy Ruby Tuesday to you Jamie! I remember I think I borrowed that great poppy design last year... :)

Mags said...

It's a doubly good post today-for Veteran's Day and Ruby Tuesday. Have a great night!

Norm said...

nice video, thanks for sharing..

Travis said...

Personally, I think we can afford a couple of minutes out of every day to think about our veterans and the sacrifices they make in our name. Certainly we can do so on one day out of the year.

Thanks for posting the video.