DC -- Embassy of Canada -- Exhibit: The World Remembers (1917/1918):
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Description of Pictures: The World Remembers: The Display of Names of Those Killed in 1917
The World Remembers will display the names of those who lost their lives in names-display installations in participating nations. They will be seen in a network of schools or other organisations, on our website, and on phones and Tablets and in public displays in some countries. Each name will be programmed to appear at a precise minute, allowing anyone anywhere in the world to find the exact moment when the name of a lost relative will appear. In 2014, we will display only the names of those killed in 1914, commencing October 15th and concluding November 11th. In 2015, we will display the names of those killed in 1915. And so on. At sunrise November 11th 2018, the last of the millions of name will appear time zone by time zone around the world.
Not all WWI countries have chosen to participate and therefore their names have not been made available to us. We encourage those countries to join this project in subsequent years. Also, one hundred years after, the databases of names from many nations are not yet complete. See the country-specific pages on this site for details of the project and the timings of the displays each year.
Just as the WWI artillery shells still surface in the battlefields, so too is the history of WWI still being written. But sadly, memories of the war no longer surface in minds since those who lived it have all left us now. But the names of the dead remain, and unlike the battlefields and written histories, the names are unchanging and non-debatable. It is time to witness and remember them all, one by one.
We encourage cities, towns, schools, museums, libraries, community and historical groups and veterans groups to display the names with the software we have built specifically for the project. We invite you to participate either by witnessing the names or by promoting an organization that can join us in displaying the names.
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EC1917_181016_01.JPG: The World Remembers
The Display of Names of those killed in 1917
The 2017 display includes the 661,837 names of military personnel from fourteen nations who lost their lives in 1917. The frequency of appearance of each national name will reflect the number of 1917 deaths from that country.
The display runs for forty-eight days and approximately 13,787 names appear over ten hours and forty minutes each day.
The Canadian names appears in the centre of the display and international names are followed by their internet country code.
Every fifteen minutes a photo of the people of the war appears.
[Note that this sign for 1917 was appearing in October, 2018 but the display was for the 1918 names.]
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2018 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
(February) a Civil War Trust conference in Greenville, NC,
(May/June) anual American Battlefield Trust conference in Newport News, VA,
(July) my 13th consecutive trip to San Diego Comic-Con via Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles,
(August) 2 two-day trips to New York City,
(September) an American Battlefield Trust dinner in Chicago, IL with on-route visits to Charleston, WV, Louisville, KY, Saint Louis, MO, and Toledo, OH,
(October) another two-day trip to New York City for the New York Comic Con.
Number of photos taken this year: about 535,000.