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Front Lines - Faith and Hope

Front Lines - Faith and Hope

| 9 min

This short documentary made in 2008 reflects on how religion and faith became a solace to many Canadians serving in the First World War. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2008, 90 years will have passed since the signing of the Armistice ending the Great War in Europe. More than 600,000 men and women crossed the Atlantic with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and more than 60,000 of them never returned. Front Lines features veterans' letters to their families and images from the NFB archives, the Canadian War Museum and Library and Archives Canada.


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Ages 14 to 17

Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
History - World War I

Discuss the role played by religion and faith in the lives of the soldiers. Comment on the importance of these letters to both the soldiers and their families. What can we do to ensure that we never forget the sacrifices made by these soldiers?

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