The World Remembers has set out to assemble the world’s first global memorial for everyone killed in the 1914-1918 war. In the 1920’s many Canadian villages, towns and cities erected memorial cairns inscribed with the names of the war dead from their area. In the 2020’s, The World Remembers is building the world’s first memorial cairn listing the names, from every nation, of those who lost their lives.
Seeing all those names is to appreciate that behind every one of them is a life and a story. We must never lose sight of the fact that history is not the history of nations or ideologies, but of people.
Jonathan Vance – Historian
Close to four million names from more than twenty participating nations currently appear in our display. Using the Search The Names function you can find information about any one of those names, and call up a segment (clip) of our remembrance display that includes that name.
There are more than 68,000 Canadian names in this display. They include those killed in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army Medical Corps, the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and the merchant navy.
We include names from both sides of the conflict and continue to seek the participation of nations not yet represented here. We believe that a world memorial is an appropriate response to the world’s first global conflict that cost millions of lives - losses that were almost beyond imagination. Each of those who died deserves to be individually remembered.
The purpose of this commemoration is to name them all.
We invite you to explore our 1914-1918 Photo Gallery, to read the brief war histories of participating nations and to use the Search The Names function to search for relatives, or other individuals, and then view the segment of our commemoration display that includes that name.
The data has been assembled from sources in each participating country. To display the names from twenty nations would take more than one hundred days and nights.
The participating nations include Canada, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Germany, the United States, Slovenia, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Australia, Turkey, Croatia, Austria, Ukraine, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Slovakia, New Zealand and Poland. Also included are the names from the British Indian Army and the Chinese Labour Corps.
When we have achieved our goal of including the names from all First World War nations – a total of nine and a half million names – the commemoration will take almost a year to witness each one of them. Memory is part of what makes us human.
The World Remembers is a remarkable project. It respects and honours the loss of life of all people,
no matter who they fought for or where they were born. The World Remembers reflects the values
of our country: that all people are equal, all people are welcome, and all people are respected.
John Tory – Mayor of Toronto
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