A hundred years ago today a war started that would shape our country – and indeed our families – for generations.
It was supposed to be the war that ended all wars but as we reflect on the loss and suffering of millions of our ancestors it is also worth thinking about conflicts going on around the world at the moment.
On Saturday in Sheffield city centre there was a rally by protesters to highlight the death toll in Gaza.
There are also heavily reported wars and civil unrest taking place in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Libya. That’s not to mention ethnic violence in South Sudan or the struggle for supremacy in Central African Republic.
The world can be a dangerous place and if there’s one thing we have learnt since 1914 is that war itself doesn’t create peace.
Twenty-one years after Armistice Day in 1918 Europe was at war again and with tensions rising between Russia and Ukraine rising there’s no guarantee that conflict won’t escalate further. Will we learn?
It’s highly unlikely that wars will ever stop. They have been fought for thousands of years and will continue into the future.
So while we mourn those we lost in World War One let’s not forget the many who are dying right now.