Allied soldiers manning an antiaircraft gun during World War I while in action near Frezenberg. (Photo by Mansell/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
The Night Cometh
Cometh the night. The wind falls low,
The trees swing slowly to and fro:
Around the church the headstones grey
Cluster, like children strayed away
But found again, and folded so.
No chiding look doth she bestow:
If she is glad, they cannot know;
If ill or well they spend their day,
Cometh the night.
Singing or sad, intent they go;
They do not see the shadows grow;
"There yet is time," they lightly say,
"Before our work aside we lay";
Their task is but half-done, and lo!
Cometh the night.The Night Cometh by John McCrae
Despite what the calendar indicates, the 20th century started 100 years ago tomorrow with a quickly improvised assassination on a Sarajevo street.
Europe's giant militaries had jostled one another for decades, but diplomacy, sabre-rattling and occasional good sense kept them apart. However, the night began to fall after those shots in Sarajevo.
"It's important to remember, alliance systems work...until they don't. "Historian Jennifer Jenkins
The trenches gave birth to many poets like John McCrae, who struggled to find meaning in the chaos. But even a century later, we still struggle with the war and its terrible and lasting consequences.
"This was one of those critical turning points, where Canada was never the same after."Historian Tim Cook
To talk about the legacy of WWI, we were joined by a panel of three historians:
Do you have your own connection to the Great War?
And here, you can find more WWI stories from CBC Radio.
This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal.