If you were asked to write about “The Great War”, what would you say? What is your response to the national and personal sacrifices it demanded?
In 1915 Eva Wolfe, age 15, wrote about “The Great War” for an essay competition in Streetsville and won first prize. Her composition began with Germany and as she described the steps that led to war, she placed responsibility firmly on the Kaiser. She saw Britain and the colonies as the opponents of German militarism and the defenders of freedom and equal rights for all nations. Eva was sure that Canada was fighting for what was right and good. While she mourned the deaths of many brave men, she was thankful to know that they were dying the “death of heroes” in the cause of everything they held dear. Her earnest desire was for the Allies to conquer and peace to reign in the world.
Do you think young people today would agree with Eva? Why or why not?