100 years since the end of the Great War and 63 years since the end of World War II. I have a special connection to both wars. My paternal grandfather served as an officer in the British army in World War I and my father was an officer in the Canadian army in World War II. I was born during that war in 1944. My mother was an English nurse who met my father during the war so that makes it even more special for me.
For those who haven't guessed, I am something of a history nut. I have no idea how many books and articles I have read on those two wars, but but would be in the hundreds if not the thousands. And then there are the thousands of hours of film and video I have watched on both wars. I always get a bit emotional when I see those images, thinking that somewhere under those falling bombs and shells were my relatives.
Canada also features prominently in both wars. Between the two of them over a hundred thousand Canadians died. Also the poem "In Flanders Fields" was written by a Canadian officer, John McCrae, who was killed shortly after the writing of the poem. His poem helped popularize the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.
In any case I always think of the wars and what might have been or not been had the wars never happened and I think I will leave this post there.