We asked: 100 years later, why is First World War important to remember?

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Published on July 28, 2014


  Lewis Jackson, Shelburne

As we all know, this conflict was not 'The War To End All Wars', but our involvement and sacrifices as a people allowed us to fully break with our colonial past and become the great nation we are today. That by itself is reason enough to remember it.

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Kim Godfrey, Queens County

“To me, World War One defined the Canadian Armed Forces.  That’s when actually Canada became a nation in front of the world. It’s important to remember all of the wars that Canada was in not just World War One but to me World War One is what defined Canada as a nation other than just being a colony of England, but as a country of its own.”


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James Bishop, North Kentville

“It’s a classic saying, if you don’t recognize history, you’re doomed to repeat it.” – 

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Kevin Vallillee - Yarmouth
It will always be important to remember this war 100 years later to remind us of why we have our freedom today and to remind us of what dark path never to go down again when trying to resolve differences. Lest we forget......

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Betsy Payne, Windsor
“The most important thing is if we don't learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it, and apparently we are doomed to repeat it because we haven't learned the lessons of the First World War... (including) how to solve disputes between leaders in countries that aren't getting along without having to bring the whole country – and army – into solving it; how to let other countries help them solve it rather than not paying attention to world demand or world opinion; just finding ways to settle things before they get to the point where we have to use weapons. There are so many issues that we're still dealing with that started then.”

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Mark Amirault, Digby

"Because history is important, it's as simple as that. We have too gauge where we've come from and what happens when we go on foreign adventure."

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Debbie Wray Townsend-Nickerson, Clarks Harbour

Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. There must never be a repeat of the horrors of that war.

For the next 16 weeks leading to Remembrance Day, TC Media weekly newspapers in western Nova Scotia will be highlighting stories connected to the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. Today, July 28, was the day the war officially began. Canada would be called into the conflict on Aug. 4 when Britain joined the war.

With the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War upon us we asked people

“Why is it still important to remember the First World War?”

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Canada, Britain

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