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Not-so-an­cient his­tory. Red flags. Men­tal-health aware­ness.

- Fred Perry Sur­rey, Bri­tish Columbia Christopher Moore · Belgium · Iceland · Napoleon Bonaparte · Royal Marines · Austria · Ypres · Canada · Alberta

Christo­pher Moore asks, “Can the First World War fi­nally cease to be a liv­ing, trau­matic pres­ence? Per­haps it is ready to join the Napoleonic Wars or the War of

1812, which are still im­por­tant and fas­ci­nat­ing land­marks but are no longer felt so vis­cer­ally” (“The last end of the Great War?” Oc­to­ber-Novem­ber 2018).

There is an ap­prox­i­mately twenty-one-year gap be­tween the two world wars, from 1914-18 to 1939

45. Twenty-one years is a mere pause be­tween wars, and they should not be sep­a­rated. The First World

War might be an­cient his­tory to my chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, but it’s cer­tainly not to me.

My fa­ther served in both world wars. In the First World War he was in the Bri­tish Royal Marines at the war front in Ypres, Bel­gium, where he re­ceived a leg wound. Dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, my dad joined the Vet­er­ans Guard of Canada in the lat­ter part of the war, guard­ing Ger­man pris­on­ers of war in sev­eral Al­berta lo­ca­tions.

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