Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

August 04, 2014 08:30 ET

Message from the Governor General of Canada on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Beginning of the First World War

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 4, 2014) - It is a solemn responsibility for me to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

When war broke out in Europe in August 1914, many people expected the conflict to be over by Christmas. That the "war to end all wars," as it became known, continued for more than four years at a cost of an estimated eight-and-a-half million soldiers killed-as well as tens of millions wounded, physically and mentally-helps to explain why the world pledged "never again" after the Armistice on November 11, 1918. That the First World War was not, in fact, the war to end all wars also reminds us that peace is never a once-and-for-all achievement, but rather requires our constant care and attention.

This important centenary also allows us an opportunity to honour the sacrifices made by the estimated 425 000 Canadians who served overseas between 1914 and 1918. Their service contributed to the outcome of the war and to Canada's emergence as an independent nation.

As governor general and commander-in-chief of Canada, and as a father and grandfather, I encourage all Canadians to reflect upon the dedication of those who served in the First World War and to remember their sacrifices. In the name and memory of those who fell and were wounded, let us renew our commitment to building a more just and peaceful world.

David Johnston

The 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War is celebrated on August 4, 2014.

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