Passage of time doesnt make it any easier

Monique Chiasson
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TRURO - For many veterans, attending yet another Remembrance Day service gets more difficult.
"Many of my comrades are dead and gone," said Truro's Roy Henderson, who served in the navy in Scotland and Ireland during the Second World War.
"We picked up prisoners of war and returned them to Canada ... we didn't know if we'd ever get home," said Henderson of what weighed most heavily on his mind during the Remembrance Day ceremony in Truro Wednesday.
"I was so relieved and grateful when it ended ... and it's nice to
see so many people come out (to
the service) to show their support and thankfulness."
Truro's William L. Young toured as a peacekeeper in the Middle East in the mid 1960s and again in the mid 70s. He also had three NATO tours in Germany.
Attending the Remembrance Day service Wednesday was bittersweet for Young. "It's emotional, but it's great to see people here," he said.
A flood of memories came to Young's mind during the ceremony. And although it was touching to see thousands of people attend the service, there was one aspect that stood out to him on a deeper level.
"Hearing the Last Post ... that just made me shiver," he said before bowing his head for another private memory.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com


Organizations: NATO

Geographic location: Scotland, Ireland, Canada Middle East Germany

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