So what about the silence?
Here's how this poem came to be written:
A PRAYER FOR THIS DAY
Lord of the nations -
We remember with grateful hearts
the men and women of our country
who went forth to protect the liberty we enjoy
but who did not return!
Help us recognise the debt we owe them
so that we may strive, in our own lives,
to protect the freedoms
that were won at so great a cost.
And so we commit to your safekeeping
those who have died in war;
those whose memory we treasure;
those who have sacrificed themselves
in the service of humankind.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. AMEN