We are in the midst of the 100th anniversary of World War 1. Did you realize that? Probably not because it is often overshadowed by it’s successor World War 2. Everything was bigger and badder, a few decades later, but I know I will be around for the 100th anniversary of that war, too. I have gotten reminders of the anniversary off and on for the last three years, but for some reason the battle I got reminded of today – of course one I knew nothing about because who really knows that much about World War 1 other than those who just love military history?
Incidentally, the battle I refer to is one in which the Canadians saved the day: The Battle of Vimy Ridge. You can read about it here on a blog called A Writer of History. I won’t go into detail because I know nothing about Vimy Ridge other than what I read on the blog. Anything I might do would be an injustice to those with more knowledge than I.
It’s funny how we’ll go on living our ordinary lives, yet in about 10 years, there will be all kinds of celebrations for V Day’s 100th anniversary. Don’t the lives lost in the first World War matter too? Shouldn’t we now be honoring those brave men whose lives are just shoved aside onto paper? After all, it was supposed to be the war that ended all others. Clearly, 100 years later, we know that it did nothing of the kind. Hell, it was probably even evident as the days and years unfolded during the next world war.
Of course we don’t ever do as the old adage says, if you don’t learn from history, you’re doomed to repeat it. We never learn. Even now it feels like we’re repeating what happened pre-World War 2. Allowing the extremists to come to the forefront and govern in the highest offices in countries who were involved in WW2 and One for that matter.
Just this once we should learn from history before we end up with a World War 3.