Monday, August 15, 2005

Recounting VJ Day – A Reason to reflect

The Winnipeg Sun published a touching article today about a Canadian World War Two survivor. George Peterson of Winnipeg was a prisoner of War and held by the Japanese for four long years. While in detention, he was starved, tortured and used as slave labor. He was taken prisoner along with 1,976 other Canadians soldiers while trying to defend Hong Kong from a Japanese invasion. Outnumbered, the Canadians did not stand a chance.

Mr. Peterson recounts the horrors he faced while he was a prisoner. At 84-years-old, he still remembers how the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought about the end of the war and saved his life. He also remembers how the crew of the American Battleship USS Iowa treated him like royalty during the 6 week cruise back home.

The allied victory over Japan gives us a good reason to reflect on how our American friends helped end a war and helped bring a group of brave Canadians home.

1 Comments:

At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's just hope the Americans continue to consider us as friends.

We're making it hard for them to assess that.

The good news is that VP Cheney is going to Alberta. Ft. McMurray ain't seen nothing yet....

Good to see ya posting again, Michael.

Frank.

 

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