They may not wear capes, but they’re our Canadian heroes.
Londoners and locals in the north end of the city paid tribute to their fallen soldiers so they can live freely in today’s Canada.
The Northland Mall hosted its 30th annual Remembrance Day service where more than 600 Londoners laid their poppies in a grass area inside the mall.
Dozen’s rushed to shake Harvey Hollingsworth’s hand, whose patches were heavy with unfathomable accomplishments. Although honored to be a part of the ceremony, the 88-year-old couldn’t help but think about his friends who stood alongside him during the war, but can’t today.
“I think of the guys I know that have passed away, you feel lonesome because why should you be alive and they [are not],” he said.
Hollingsworth says his secret to happiness was serving in the navy. He loved every second of the hardship, even when he was stranded during war.
“That was the first thing I remember, that I got stuck a couple of times in England. I slept in a subway station,” he said, recalling sailing around the globe three time throughout his lifetime, with Australia being his next vacation destination.
It’s been only a few month since the passing of DJ Bob’s cousin who was a former military veteran. He says the lingering effects of post-traumatic stress were a leading cause of death.
“Not only should they remember but understand the stress involved in military and not just combat duty but stress that follows person home,” he said.
It’s important to pay tribute to Canada’s fallen soldiers and support dozens of families who feel the pain today. John Thornton served in the navy during the Korean War. He emphasizes the importance of continuing the legacy of remembrance.
“What happened during the first and Second World War, all those people who gave their lives and come away injured, some from gas attacks some from artillery, we have to remember these people.”
Four generations of WWI families were among military members, WWII veterans and supporters. The community effort included donated program pamphlets, wreaths, as well as store closing to respect the service.