Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
What a brave and selfless generation they were! When there was a need to serve they signed up for duty, leaving Mothers, Fathers, siblings and sweethearts back home. They had no cell phones or laptops and couldn’t skype or text-message friends and loved ones left behind; but had to be content with writing letters that took weeks sometimes months to arrive.
These soldiers didn’t have up to the minute news broadcasts from CNN alerting them to changes ahead in the long roads that they travelled, but relied on the word of their commanding officers.
Alone at times in foreign countries, after long arduous voyages at sea, these soldiers landed on unknown soil prepared to lay down their lives for Canadians back home. They put themselves in the line of fire to liberate other nations such as Holland and Belgium from the ever present Nazi threats.
They were the gentlemen and often forgotten ladies of wartime. Tomorrow, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, remember those who gave so much to help so many.
I invite you to remember some soldiers near to my heart, gone now, but not forgotten:
Women: l to r: Corporal Audry Rutherford Stafford, Audrey Ham, Mayme Anderson and Marge Harrison
Men: Sgt.Tobias Stafford and his brother Sgt.Peter Vincent Stafford