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.

The Lamps Go Out – August 4, 1914+

As Franz Ferdinand’s life ebbed on a Sarajevo street corner, the Old World order was dying with him; but nobody...

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Prologue: “Some Damned Foolish Thing in the Balkans” – June 28, 1914+

Imagine, for a moment, a large, old house held up by rotten beams. Some have already given way, and you...

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