Abolishing the Silence About the Moment of Silence: A Sliver of Respect Every Morning

No sharpening pencils or talking to friends...just respect for the red, white, and blue.


Allison Woods, Editor

We all have those busy mornings, especially at school. Maybe during the morning announcements, you want to finish up one more problem or put up your notebooks and pencils. It’s convenient and time is extremely valuable. But no time is more valuable than the time you spend taking a moment to honor our fallen soldiers and veterans.

People often only take the time to respect those who have fought for our country on Veteran’s Day or Independence Day.  While those holidays are great days to honor those who have fought for our country, they simply do not provide enough time.

That’s why we have the moment of silence instilled into our school announcements every morning.

Every day, we should take just a small fraction of our day, just 30 seconds, pray, silently count our blessings, or just plain shut up.

A moment of silence does not mean a moment of rattling papers around or whispering to your neighbor about the latest school gossip.

Many people take this time to close their eyes and really concentrate; they may pray or take some time to think about their days. While it is a very small amount of time, this brief pause can be very therapeutic for those who’ve got something on their mind or someone to thank.

There are 24 hours in a day. 24 hours to finish scribbling down that last note or text your friend. 24 hours to munch on chips or finish shoving papers into your backpack. 24 hours to do whatever you desire. You can take 24 seconds to respect those who have died for this country.

Here in America, no one can force you to bow your head or keep silent. But that’s exactly why we remain silent. Because we have the right to choose, which is something we take for granted in this country, especially considering other countries where freedom of the press, speech, and even silence can get you in trouble.

Remember what our ancestors fought for: our right to choose. 

In fact, in 1958, the Supreme Court ruled the Alabama law allowing Moment of Silence unconstitutional. We haven’t always had this privilege and shouldn’t take it for granted today.

Even if you do not respect the history of our nation or our fallen soldiers, innocent citizens, or veterans, at least keep quiet for your peers who do.

A moment of silence, please, for those that never get the chance – Tomas Kalnoky

Maybe the moment of silence may not seem like a big deal, but freedom and everything that red, white, and blue flag stands for seems like a pretty big symbol to take pride in for some.

So next time you frantically type on your computer keyboard or whisper a question to your neighbor, wait until the moment of tranquillity is over before you decide to interrupt.

After all, after years and years of history and accomplishments, the least we could do is honor it with a few seconds every day.