India along with 25 countries, co-hosting the commemoration of 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War at the United Nations ( 8 July 2014, New York) Photo credit : Jay Mandal/On Assignment.
A Special Commemorative Event of the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War was organised at the United Nations on 8th July 2014.
Organised by the Missions of France and Germany, and co-hosted by 25 others Missions, which included India, Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Luxemborg, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Turkey, UK and US, it featured address by the UN Secretary General H.E. Mr. Ban ki-moon, and a short film showing images of the First World War.
The event also included readings from letters and diaries of participants of the First World War, which included a letter written by Gholam Rasul Khan, who was one of over a million volunteer Indian soldiers serving in the war as part of Indian Expeditionary Forces. He had written this letter to his father Mahmood Navas Khan in Aurangabad, during his deployment in France on 24th of May 1916.