90th Anniversary: Lest we forget

Some of the most important places in Canadian history are Ypres, Vimy, the Somme and Passchendaele (the subject of a recently released Canadian film). One could argue that the origins of our current international system were forged in the trenches of the Western Front. It is now the time of year for people around the world to pay their respects to history.

Click on the image below to see the BBC’s interactive display of the battlefields of the first world war.

BBC - World War I battlegrounds

About Younghusband

Sir Francis Edward Younghusband (1863-1942) was a British explorer, army officer, military-political officer, and foreign correspondent born in India who led expeditions into Manchuria, Kashgar, and Tibet. He three times tried and failed to scale Mt. Everest and journeyed from China to India, crossing the Gobi desert and the Mustagh Pass (alt. c.19,000 ft/5,791 m) of the Karakoram mountain range in modern day Pakistan. Convinced of Russian designs on British interests in India, Younghusband proactively engaged in the nineteenth century spying and conflict over Central Asia between the British and the Russians known as the Great Game. "Younghusband" is a Canadian who has spent a number of years bouncing back and forth between his home country and Japan. Fluent in Japanese and English with experience in numerous other languages from Spanish to Georgian, Younghusband has travelled throughout Asia. He graduated with an MA from the War Studies Department at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he focussed on the Japanese oil industry and energy security issues. He has recently returned to Canada from Japan, and is working in the technology sector.
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2 Responses to 90th Anniversary: Lest we forget

  1. hoju_saram says:

    Canadians and Australians share the same horrifying history regarding the above mentioned places.

    Here’s a few songs that are worth spending a few moments listening to. The first is Australian, but might just as well be about the Cannadians at Vimy Ridge or elsewhere on the Western Front. The second could be about anyone who died in the Great War.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFCekeoSTwg

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntt3wy-L8Ok&feature=related

  2. Alfred Russel Wallace says:

    In Flanders Fields
    by John McCrae, May 1915

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep,
    though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    I was in Saskatoon for Remembrance Day, and it was taken VERY seriously – as indeed it should be.