Fort Erie, ON
reply to Robert
Re: Remembrance Day...........stories
said by Robert:When I was a kid any time there was a Remembrance Day service you would have a large group of WW2 veterans as part of it, all on their feet standing at full attention. When my wife, son and I went down to Mather Arch for the service in Fort Erie today, there were four or five of them. They were all well advanced in age, but they still did their damn best to stand to their feet and salute as best as their age would allow them. Now, it's the Korean veterans who look like the WW2 vets of my childhood.
I chatted with a Global news correspondent on Twitter this past August, as he went over with a handful of veterans. They are dying , and they are dying fast.
To say they are dying fast is an understatement. My Grandfather is 90, and he was 17 when the war started. There's fewer and fewer every year.
I really need to get my Grandfather to record his memories of WW2. He *really* doesn't like talking about it, but I should see if I can convince him to talk to a camera or dictate his stories with the promise that I won't let anyone see/hear either until he decides, or until he is gone. It was interesting today hearing the Mayor of Fort Erie talking about his father during WW2, who was a bomber pilot who was shot down and burnt at one point during the war but survived to fly again. Identical situation to my Grandfather. Only difference is that the mayor's dad flew Lancasters, my Grandfather flew Halifaxes. My Grandmother built Lancasters during the war though, and she always boasted proudly about just how awesome those machines were.