In 1994, on the 50th Anniversary of D-Day and nearly the 50th Anniversary of the end of WWII, some classmates and I produced this video for a project called "Canada Remembers" as part of my high school Television Arts class.
I was in Grade 12 (senior year of high school) and the Royal Canadian Legion introduced us to Wally McVee, one of the local, Edmonton WWII veterans who was part of the Canadian contingent that liberated Italy in Ortona in 1943.
It was very difficult to get the men who served in WWII to tell their stories. Most of those wounds run deep (for obvious reasons) This is what we were able to get Wally to tell us.
The day I am posting this video is the 70th anniversary of D-Day and 20 years since we produced this video. I think it is a good time to post it on the web so that Wally's story is shared. It's important to record and preserve the memories of the men and women who served in war as a reminder to us and a lesson to future generations. I encourage you to visit the website of a project a colleague of mine has spent many years working on doing just that: Veteran Voices of Canada. vetvoicecan.org/
I'm not sure where Mr. McVee is today or if he is still alive.
[This video was shot and edited on SVHS but the one you see here was from a VHS copy that I have. The digitization process will reveal anomalies in the video and audio. Please excuse the quality.)