June 28, 2014

The War Forever Etched in Europe's Psyche

Paul Ames, Global Post

The Associated Press

BEAURAINS, France "” On a slab of soft white stone, a laser-guided drill carves one family's message to a long lost boy.

Slowly, the words emerge: "God has saved from weary strife, in its dawn this fresh young life."

The gravestone belongs to a private in the British army's Leicestershire Regiment, killed in France on Oct. 31, 1914 and named only as W. Walker. He was 28.

Walker was among 16 million soldiers and civilians who lost their lives in World War I.

Later this week, the world will mark 100 years since the assassination of an Austrian prince in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo dragged the great powers of the time into a conflict they called...

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TAGGED: European Union, Europe, World War I


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