Category Archives: Stories of Remembrance

Hong Kong POW keeps distance from memories

Tucked away in drawers of his small apartment at Lakeview Gardens, Andy Poquet keeps the few items that honour the 1,300 days he was held captive as a Hong Kong Prisoner of War during WWII.

Tales of a WWII scout car driver

Laverne Tufts joined up in September of 1942. He wanted in the Armoured Corps, with the tanks. He got it, and spent about six weeks in Winnipeg doing basic training.

Vet remembers the fortunes of war

The late Lynn Cantlon and his four brothers are part of the Remembrance-themed art exhibition at the Heritage Home for the Arts.

A message of gratitude from the Netherlands

A retired mechanic and WWII veteran recently received a flowery surprise, along with a message from Holland, which just happened to coincide with a special birthday.

Shining new light upon service men and women

Failing glue and a falling picture is all it took to galvanize a local team of volunteers into action.

Sgt. Pongracz returns from Ukrainian training mission

A local serviceman has returned after playing an important role as part of a Canadian Armed Forces mission in the Ukraine.

Training troops at home for war abroad

It was a rainy, cold and dreary night during a long West Coast graveyard shift that finally hoisted Roy Rozander into the infantry during World War II.

Dropping from the skies

Bob Middleton of Killarney already knew he wanted to fly and fight for his country while he was finishing high school, just as World War II was getting underway.

Missing D-Day by a clutch

Veteran Ray Brown remembers a lot about the Second World War, even if he didn’t “see” a lot on his European tour.

Listening in from the ocean floor

It’s likely that few farm girls on the Prairies, born in the hardscrabble 1940s, dreamt of serving their country.