Sunday October 29, 2017

"The World Remembers" honours the dead of World War One

The multimedia memorial project "The World Remembers," produced by Canadian actor R. H. Thomson. honours the dead from dozens of nations around the world.

The multimedia memorial project "The World Remembers," produced by Canadian actor R. H. Thomson. honours the dead from dozens of nations around the world. (Courtesy R.H. Thomson)

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The great World War One poet, Siegfried Sassoon begins his poem "Aftermath" in this way:

     "Have you forgotten yet? ...
      Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you'll never forget." 

The World Remembers

Francis Pegahmagabow, decorated WWI sniper. Photo taken in Ottawa in 1945. (Courtesy R.H. Thomson)

Sassoon is referring to the 9.5 million soldiers who died in that gritty and brutal war. And it's as if he whispered those words directly into the ear of Canadian actor and playwright R. H. Thomson, whose memorial project The World Remembers honours the dead from dozens of nations around the world. 

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Soldiers in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (Courtesy R.H. Thomson)

Each year, the names of the soldiers who died exactly one hundred years ago on that day are projected onto public buildings and over the internet. 

The World Remembers

A Japanese-Canadian soldier wearing a captured German hat (Courtesy R.H. Thomson)

The 2017 display includes the 661,837 names of military personnel from 14 nations who lost their lives in 1917. 

R. H. Thomson spoke to Michael about the project in 2014, just as it was about to launch. He joined us again this week for an update on this remarkable undertaking.

Click 'listen' above to hear the interview.