How is World War 1 relevant to us today?
The Great War also ushered in a new form of warfare involving tanks, aircraft and chemical weapons. The First World War was one of the most remarkable wars in history. It has bared witness to such unmitigated slaughter not seen before or after in history. Even though the Great War only lasted four years , it took the lives of over 15 million and resonates even today in the headlines of our newspapers and in the record books of history.
What role did the statues and poppies play?
The remembrance poppy has been used since 1920 to commemorate soldiers who have died in war.The remembrance poppy is especially prominent in the UK. In the weeks leading up to Remembrance Sunday, they are distributed by The Royal British Legion in return for donations to their “Poppy Appeal”.
Importance of commemorating WW1 in South Africa
The First World War had a huge impact on the position of women in society. In many countries the entire adult male population was involved in fighting. This created a huge shortage of labour which meant that the output from different sectors of the economy was not at its maximum capacity. The production of armaments and equipment needed by soldiers took priority over normal industrial production. Women stepped into the gap left by men in the spheres of transport, industry, policing and most war industries.
What is being done around the world to commemorate ww1?
A number of events, commemorations, conferences, exhibitions, film festivals, digitisation projects are being planned to mark the centenary of the First World War in 2014. The Imperial War Museum (IWM) in Great Britain is leading the national commemorative project, and is collaborating with over 300 partner organisations worldwide.