Europe was to mark Tuesday the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I, the last major memorial for its handful of surviving veterans as the conflict slips from memory into history.
Leaders from the powers that fought the war, now allies, were to gather at a ceremony on the site of the 1916 Battle of Verdun, where 300,000 men were slaughtered over eleven months of bloody trench warfare.
A picture taken on November 11, 1918 shows signatories of the Armistice treaty, ending the World War I
Smaller memorials were to be held in towns and villages across Britain, France and the other countries that took part in the disaster.
Far from being “The War to End All Wars”, the so-called Great War merely set the tone for the 20th century’s litany of brutality, although in terms of sheer mass killing on the battlefield it has rarely been equalled since.
Many conflicts followed but November 11 — the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, when the World War I armistice was signed — has become the moment when the world remembers the dead from all of them.
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