Today marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, or if you prefer (and We do), the Great War.
A century ago, all of Europe marched to a ruinous war that engulfed continents, scarred much of France, and witnessed the end of the German, Austro-Hungarian, Turkish, and Russian empires. The devastation would continue until the infamous date of November 11, 1918. Millions died, entire peoples were starved, and revolution spread like wildfire. Even today, we feel the echos of this first, great conflict of the 20th Century.
Memories of the Great WarI'm sitting here again. After these odd thoughts and memories started, I was compelled to put on the trench coat. Well, not the trench coat. That one is long gone, but the one I have in this life.
I'm not sure if I have an overactive imagination or if I'm really remembering this. It fills me with anxiety, thinking about it. The memories of that time come back to me, little bit and snap shots of the past. A past I ought not recall. A time when the world was on fire.
I'm not sure what year it was, perhaps 1916. Thats my gut feeling on it. Cowering in a dug out, the dirt walls shaking a bit as the shells are falling outside. Seems like it was going on for years, all the explosions. We're all terrified, some of us bold enough to peer out the doorway from time to time. There was alot of dust thrown up, the sky looked a bit muddy through that little hole. At one point, farther down the line, a shell found it's mark. We'd have to get that section rebuilt. It was one hell of an explosio
To quote Sir Edward Grey:
"The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time."