Great War Centennial Project

As many of you know, this year marks the 100 year anniversary of the start of the Great War (later re-named World War I). The Great War was profoundly significant in the history of our country and in the formation of The Royal Canadian Legion. As such, it is appropriate to mark the centennial of this war, and reflect on its costs and repercussions for society.

Starting on August 4, 2014 (the 100 year anniversary of the British Empire’s declaration of war against the German Empire) we will post on our command blog, in chronological order, original documents from the era such as letters, journal entries, and newspaper articles along with a short, contextualizing explanation for each. We hope members will visit the website and read these fascinating stories.

Stranger than Fiction – February 26, 2015+

100 years ago, it was February 1915, and the Great War—a war that was supposed to have been over by...

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The Seeds of Change – December 10, 1914+

The first Battle of Ypres, like so many battles of the Great War, was inconclusive. The British held onto the...

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Brothers in Arms – November 22, 1914+

If you go to Ypres today, you will find a picturesque little Belgian town nestled comfortably in the quiet Flanders...

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Kill or be Killed – October 25, 1914+

“I had a grand dream. Loving friends were about me, a smiling valley held my home, and I stood regarding...

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Value Amid Waste – September 27, 1914+

In August of 1914, the German Emperor promised his departing troops: “You will be home before the leaves fall.” In...

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The Spirit of Man – September 19, 2014+

Today we associate the name “Alfred Nobel” with, among other things, a prestigious Peace Prize awarded to, “the person who...

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