In honour of Remembrance Day, we reached out to Taz Show listeners for their stories and photos of family members that served in the military. Here are some of their memories.
My family from my grandfather’s side were living in Holland throughout ww2, and when Germany attacked Holland my grandfather was part of an AA gun crew trying to defend against the luftwaffe.
Needless to say he didn’t have that job for long after they took over so he went back to working on the family farm. During the occupation the germans would take all of their produce except for what my family would need, but when the starving people from the city would come begging for food they would almost always make sure they had something to share.
During the occupation, he and other family members would go out and make some trouble for the germans (sabotaging equipment and such) as well as hide a few jews in the barn.
From what i’m told by my grandfathers brother who took the time to document all the stuff that happened, there was even an order signed by hitler to shoot on sight certain members of my family for the trouble they caused.
So every year i proudly wear my poppy in memory of the brave efforts and great risks they took to disrupt the german war effort.
I heard today that you were asking about veterans and their stories. My father was a prisoner in Germany, captured on the island of Cos. During his time as a prisoner he illustrated a book with anything that he could find to draw with. The original book is now in a war museum in Eaton England
.I have included some of the pictures with this email. My dad is still with us as he turns a hundred this May. Tanya Marie Harris released a video two years ago about her Grandfather called He Talks About The War which is on YouTube.
In this video my fathers army picture is the 6th one shown and my mothers is the 5th.
Thanks Wayne Clark
This is a picture of my grandparents Mervin and Dorothy Thivierge on the day they got married. My grandfather was a master warrant officer stationed in Petawawa this is a picture of my grandparents on the day they got married.
I feel the same way you do and the same way a lot of us do , about our veterans….they deserve more than one day for sure. My step dad ( dad ) served for years, his best friend was a belly gunner in WW2. What they saw and what they went through is pretty awful.
I wrote a couple tunes years ago in tribute to our soldiers. “The stags horns forever” had a chorus made up of 9 Canadian regiment mottos. ( in the description of the video). The second song ” promise Me the dawn” is just something I did to try and capture the irony and tragedy of war. Have a listen, share if you want. Thought you’d appreciate them. Take care.
Below is the video and description of stags horns, and audio link for the 2 songs