Show some respect, please

Nattering and chattering during two minutes silence angers

The two minutes of silence is observed in Maple Ridge on Nov. 11.

Editor, The News:

Re: Ridge remembers (The News, Nov. 13).

I attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at Memorial Peace Park last week, as I have done for a number of years.

The turnout seems to be growing, showing support for past and current military, and it is encouraging to see so many teenagers and young families attending the event.

That’s the good part.

Now the not so good.

Every year I come away with the same feeling of frustration, because so many people don’t seem to understand the meaning of two minutes of silence.

It makes me so angry hearing people yacking away and seemingly oblivious to the reason for being there.

Often the little ones will get upset and start crying when the guns are fired beforehand, understandably.

But there is no excuse for older kids and adults to be talking during that time.

If people cannot keep quiet for two minutes, and show the respect this ceremony deserves, then I would kindly ask that in future, they just stay home and watch a service on television.

Jan McDonald

Maple Ridge


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