On June 28, 1914 Arch Duke Ferdinand of Austria and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo. A month later the war to end all wars began in Europe. I had grandfathers and uncles sign up with the Canadian army. My one grandfather once told me his pay envelope included a message “your country needs you more than we do” and the young single railroader enlisted.
To remember the centenary of that war’s beginning, the National Gallery of Canada mounted a photographic exhibition “The Great War: The Persuasive Power of Photography” on June 27th, 2014. The exhibition runs in Ottawa through November 16, 2014.