“After a shot from a 13-pounder First World War gun rang out across Horse Guards Parade to signal a two-minute silence, the only noises on Whitehall were the squawks of a few seagulls, the only movement the gentle tumbling of autumn leaves, taking their place among the ranks of those already fallen.”

I am relieved that only one shot was needed to signal the time for silent reflection.

And… I admire the courage, the defiance that our Queen displayed.

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National Post | News

In the end, silence proved more powerful than terror. As police continued to question four men arrested last week over fears of an Islamist plot to attack Remembrance Sunday commemorations, the Queen, politicians and thousands of veterans refused to be deterred from remembering their dead.

After a shot from a 13-pounder First World War gun rang out across Horse Guards Parade to signal a two-minute silence, the only noises on Whitehall were the squawks of a few seagulls, the only movement the gentle tumbling of autumn leaves, taking their place among the ranks of those already fallen.

Capt Rolfe Monteith, a 91-year-old Second World War veteran, has marched past the Cenotaph, that Portland stone memorial to the Glorious Dead, each Remembrance Sunday for the past 30 years, and was determined to do so again yesterday, in spite of the heightened terrorist threat.

“We had to send a huge message that…

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