Friday 11 November 2011

Remembering a Veteran

I don't remember ever talking to Pépère about the war. I didn't see him a whole lot anyhow, and I was told that he didn't like to discuss it so I never attempted to bring it up. I never even saw his medals until his funeral.

All I know is a summary of what he did and what part of Europe he fought in. Much of what he experienced over there went to the grave with him, and perhaps that's the way it should be. We can't ever forget what happened in WWII, but the individual hardships and tragedies, terror, boredom, relief, discomfort, whatever -- the personal experiences and details -- that doesn't necessarily need to be passed on, and there is really no way to properly convey it anyhow.

So while I may be curious, I know all I need to know: that Pépère went over and played his small role to help us all, and suffered lasting effects because of it. That's why I will think about him today.

1 comment:

The Traveler said...

I remember when living in Riding Mountain a few years ago there was a Veitnam Vet there who suffered many problems from his duty over seas , the fact that he deserted left him with no resources to help him deal with the effects of it. To bad after a few years we found him dead one morning from a self inflicted gun shot . The damage war doe,s is scary.

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