The Inspiration: Christmas Truce - 1914
On Christmas Eve 1914, amidst the horrors of World War I, a temporary truce broke out. Over 100,000 French, German, and British troops ceased hostilities along the Western Front.
Holiday celebrations, religious services, and acts of kindness took place between opposing forces, and soldiers on both sides could be heard singing Christmas carols, in particular, Silent Night.
Richard Schirrmann, a German soldier present at what became known as the “Christmas Truce”, wrote an account of events:
"When the Christmas bells sounded in the villages of the Vosges behind the lines ... something fantastically unmilitary occurred. German and French troops
spontaneously made peace and ceased hostilities...This suited them so well that they remained good friends even after Christmas was over." (Wikipedia)
One hundred years ago, one song briefly changed everything for a world at war. Today, in 2014, it's one tweet that can change the world.
One tweet, one Facebook post, one Instagram video.
Following a hashtag across the world's biggest social networks, we can track the power of small acts as they come together to make a big difference.
We can watch as #PeaceBegins across the globe, for all of us.