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World War I: A look at past, present photos on the 100-year anniversary

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Getty Images - Peter MacDiarmid

July 28, 2014, marks the 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I, and a moment that would change the history of everyone forever. The Journal.IE reported a bit on the history of the first day of World War I, and how global superpowers that engaged in a game of brinkmanship in the Ukraine way back in 1914. Today, images and memories still haunt so many from the war that changed so much.

Wounded soldiers play a game of football outside Blenheim Palace in 1916.
Wounded soldiers play a game of football outside Blenheim Palace in 1916.
Getty Images - Peter Macdiarmid

On this date, 100 years ago, the Austro-Hungarian Empire declared war on Serbia, and things just worsened from there. It took all of one week for the the five major European powers to be at war.

There are so many of us that never knew what it was like to be involved in World War I or World War II or any war for that matter. For those that never stepped foot on the fields of battle or didn't know what it was like to see soldiers marching down the streets of their town, it's hard to imagine.

Libertarian Girl brought forth some of the most amazing images from a photographer named Peter Macdiarmid, and he is able to transport people back in time. He took hauntingly current images from World War I and superimposed them together with their present-day counterparts.

The photographs show how life in the past and the present would be if they came together on this, the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I.

It's on this day, and all days, that those who fought, persevered, vanquished, cried, or lost their lives should be remembered. World War I brought so much action in such a quick amount of time, and it boggles the minds of millions to wonder how countries would handle that today.

Seeing Macdiarmid's photos gives us just a small idea of what life was like during World War I, and how it would fit into today's modern way of living.

The images are beautiful. They are haunting. They are terrifying. They are wonderful.

There is so much beauty captured in them, but so much tragedy and distress sitting right in the middle of them as well.