November 11th, Remembrance Day, is fast approaching and as each year goes by it becomes more and more important to mark this special day as there are fewer veterans to share their stories and experiences with us.
I am a Graduate of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program and a Regional Representative (British Columbia) of Operation Legacy, in which older members of CHAMP pass on the ?NEVER AGAIN!? message from war amputees to the younger generation. As such, I would like to point out some excellent resources we have released in conjunction with the Year of the Veteran.
Excuse Us! Herr Schicklgruber, a memoir by Cliff Chadderton, The War Amps CEO and Honorary Chairman of the Year of the Veteran, is a collection of personal stories about the men he commanded in the Royal Winnipeg Rifles in World War II. He tells of their heroic landing on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, as well as the years leading up to that historic day. When you read his memoir, you feel like you are in Cliff Chadderton?s shoes. You begin to understand the camaraderie between soldiers, and you experience the devastation and tragedy when a fellow infantryman and friend is lost in combat.
The Boys of Kelvin High, the newest documentary in The War Amps Military Heritage Series, is an accurate and well-told story of those Canadians who flew in the skies over Germany in Bomber Command during World War II. It was produced by Cliff Chadderton when he made the shocking discovery that more than 50 classmates from his Winnipeg high school were killed in one of the most dangerous occupations of the war. In total, 10,000 Canadians gave their lives, most of them roughly my age.