July 27, 2014
Music remembering the last day of peace in Europe before the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 will be performed around the world today (July 27th 2014) as part of the Italian Government’s commemorative programme.
Events start in Italy with a lone trumpeter playing ‘Silenzio’ (equivalent to the ‘Last Post’). Other countries taking part include Albania, Britain, France, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, South Africa and the United States.
The Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia on 28th July 1914. Within a week, all of Europe's great powers were at war.
Today's symbolic act of commemoration remembers the fallen and pays tribute to their sacrifice.
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