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"W" Hour in Warsaw (Tom Hashimoto, UK, 08/01/19 2:49 pm)

Here in Warsaw we just had another "W" Hour (godzina 'w')--1 August at 17:00. It is the time when the Warsaw Uprising started, and we commemorate it by literally stopping everything for a minute. Sirens went off, all traffic halted. Many drivers stepped out from their cars and observed a minute of silence. It was a solemn moment--to the point that taking a picture was out of place.  (So sorry, no pictures...)

In the city centre, choking smoke went off for a while, and at the Powazki Military Cemetery, a longer ceremony with veterans was held.  Elsewhere in the city, a minute of "W" Hour passed and people went on their ways.

JE comments:  Minutes of silence, especially in a huge, teeming city, are extremely poignant.  Even eerie.  Does the UK still observe the minute on November 11th?


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  • Observing a Moment of Silence in Savona (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy 08/03/19 6:44 AM)
    John E asked about moments of silence. In Savona, each evening at 18:00 in Mameli Plaza (Goffredo Mameli, hero of the Italian Risorgimento and author of the words of the Italian national anthem), the bells of the Monument to the Fallen Soldiers toll for one minute and all the traffic stops.

    I believe that this ceremony is observed in very few towns in Italy.


    JE comments:  Interesting.  At six o'clock (AM and PM) in Colombia, all radio and TV stations play the national anthem.  You can set your watch by it.  Do other countries do this?

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