War Reflection

WW1, also known as the first world war is a global war centered in Europe which began on 28th July 1914 and lasted until 11th November 1918. This war involved two opposing alliances, and this includes the allies and the central powers. The allies countries were Russia, France, British Empire, Italy, United States, Japan, Rumania, Serbia, Belgium, Greece, Portugal and Montenegro, and having the central powers included Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and Bulgaria.

The consequences of world war one were immense, 9 million soldiers, and as many civilians died in the war, it was frightening and intimidating to even think about how the battle caused numerous people to die. But this was not the only consequence of this war. The most significant consequence of this war was the emotions of the soldiers who survived, as they have experienced everything in the war, all the bad experiences that they had been through would be engraved inside their heads. As a result, these soldiers would have Post-traumatic stress disorder. An example would be from an infamous poem by Wilfred Owen named Dulce et Decorum Est. In this poem, he talks about his experience fighting in the trenches in northern France during World War I. While having a conflict in the trenches.

“In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.”

In this part of the poem, he describes how one of his comrades suffered from chlorine gas and how this experience had affected him immensely.

As there were countless casualties and events during the first world war, how should it be remembered? Well, there are lots of ways we can recognize it. For example, they can be commemorated by memorials, as it can remind more people about the events of the war and the casualties. Another way we can remember World War 1 is by having a remembrance day so that it can recall the deaths of all the soldiers who bravely fought and sacrificed their lives for their country and family during the first world war.

To prevent future wars in the future, I believe that we should educate students nowadays about the history and the cause of the war so that future generations would see how tragic and obscene war is and will not try to start a war. Another way we can prevent war in the future is just by having stability in countries. For example, having a stable government, if the government is not steady, it might lead to war, as the government might be corrupt.

Remembrance Day:
If I were to organize a remembrance day ceremony, I would hold it in a war grave, so that people would remember all the people who died during the first world war. During the ceremony, if there were readings, I would want a war veteran to read a poem about the soldiers of the war so that we would remember them, such as the poem In Flanders fields by John Mcrae. Since, in this poem, he explains why exactly should we remember those soldiers who went to war. An example would be this quote:

“Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.”

in this part in the poem, he describes these soldiers were once living, breathing human beings, with their own lives and feelings. And that now they lie dead as a sacrifice to their country.

Also, if there were speeches, I would like the next generation to have a speech about the war, as I believe that the next generation should be responsible for passing on the legacy of their heroes to future generations. In their speech, they should talk about how they should not forget about the sacrifices of the people who contributed to the war, Such as the doctors and nurses who tended the wounded, or even teen boys, who were shipped off to fight before they got a chance at adulthood. Finally, they should end the speech by paying respects to these people.