'The World Remembers' art project honours the dead of WW I
This interview was originally aired on October 29, 2017.
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."
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.
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 2017 display included the 661,837 names of military personnel from 14 nations who lost their lives in 1917.
This year the names will be displayed in 109 locations in Canada, the United States and the European Union.
"The spark of the project is that we never remember the people," Thomson told The Sunday Edition's Michael Enright in conversation last year.
"We remember them as four letters — t, h, e, m. And after a while I got a little uncomfortable remembering them."
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