What motivated you to be a part of this project?
I was first aware of the project through an article in the Tribune, which peaked my interest. As a younger or “middle-aged” veteran, I thought that my story of the military and the positive impact on my life would be of interest. Having lived in Canada most of my life, but serving in the US Navy, I think the perspective is unique.
What was going through your mind when you were “Sitting in Remembrance” for the project?
In sitting together with Greg during the session, I had my own remembrances of personal time served and the great friends I have from that period in my life. I also had thoughts of those who served in war and peace time but never returned from duty, losing their lives; of all those who served before and after me and the quiet and proud way people have done so in order to protect what is important in our freedom; and the others who would also be sitting with Greg with similar reflections. Of course I also thought about the impetus, John McCrae and the famous words we all know so well that capture the essence of the period it was written, but still resonate as strongly today.
What message do you want to pass along to future generations about your life’s experiences?
Message? Well, first – live in peace and work to keep the peace. When peace cannot be achieved, be prepared to protect your family and the freedoms we value, but that will come at high cost.