On the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion (in 1995), I went with veterans on a pilgrimage to the scenes of the battles of the Royal Winnipeg Rifle Regiment from the landing to the last battle in Appingedam in Holland. The war stories are the recollections of some fine old gentlemen who shared their experiences with me. It became my task to pass them on. They have given me an honour that is also a duty. These stories aren’t about the decisions of statesmen and generals. They are the stories of what it’s like to be young and afraid and brave and sad in a dangerous time. All the men in these stories were in their twenties or younger (including the colonel). Not one of them talked about their own courage. They just told the stories. In turn I hope that they will be passed along.
I'll be sharing some of their stories along with stories shared by Renée Englot and Dawn Blue. We hope you'll join us Tuesday November 10, 2015. Check out the details on our event page. ~ Marie Anne McLean