June 28, 1914, Gavrilo Princip assassinates Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, and his wife Sophie, the Duchess of Hohenberg in Sarajevo. July 28, 1914, Austro-Hungarian Empire declares war on Serbia. Over the next several days, things start going from bad to worse. July 29, 1914, Austria-Hungary commenced firing artillery on Belgrade. July 30, Russia mobilizes its armies. August 1, Germany declares war on Russia. August 3, Germany declares war on France. August 4, 1914. Germany invades Belgium, and Britain, who up to now has remained neutral, declares war on Germany. "What is going on in this world? "Has everyone gone totally mad?" The Great War. The War to End All Wars. War is the Great Equalizer. It kills the poor and the rich, the weak and the strong alike. Men, women, and children. War destroys homes and lives, especially the lives of young lovers who are separated or worse by conflict. This is a story of two such people and those surrounding them-a word of how war can so easily shatter dreams.

"War is hell!" William Tecumseh Sherman, June 19, 1879.

--Vincent Tanner

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