Lest We Forget: 100th Year Anniversary of the Start of WW1

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One; a war that created the world we live in today, yet most of us do not remember.

Most high school History teachers did not bother to focus on the first world war, except to mention the horrors of trench warfare, the first use of chemical warfare & the large number of Canadian soldiers who perished.  A shame really, as the loss of the storytelling tradition disconnects us from the horrors of war & dulls our ability to be concerned by the continued conflicts & military aggression in our own time.

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On the left our great-great grandfather.

When we heard about this upcoming anniversary I knew I wanted to write about it, but I did not know what to say.  I do not have many pictures of my great-great grandfathers during the war & frankly didn’t know what to say.  But in my research for this article I came across European 1914-1918, an online collection that records the official history & untold stories of World War Two.

The collection features some truly amazing photo’s from the war.  Photo’s that show the humanity of the time like no history textbook can. The people who have shared these pictures include the stories they know about them.

Europeana 1914-1918

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If today’s 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War has sparked curiosity in you & you’ve already seen The Guardian Global Guide to the First World War, check out Europeana for some additional stories.

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