They called it "The Great War" and "The War to End All Wars" - though of course it didn't.
When hostilities erupted in Europe in 1914, Canadians rushed to Britain's side.
But the cost was terrible: more than 60,000 were killed, 172,000 wounded. A modern-day troubadour, Gordon Lightfoot has touched the lives of millions of people with his thoughtful, evocative portraits of Canadian life and landscape.
There are no more Canadian combat veterans alive to recall the horrors of the First World War, but their voices and memories live on in the archives of the CBC. He's a musician steeped in the folk tradition, his catalogue of songs, including such classics as Canadian Railroad Trilogy and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, earning him a place in the pantheon of Canadian icons.
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