|Subject: Re: To Commemorate D-Day's Heroism!|
Hi Alex and all Ziners,
This is a wonderful idea.
My (deceased) Dad was a career officer (Royal Corps of Engineers - a "sapper") in the Canadian Army. He was a Col. during WWII but he wouldn't talk about his experiences; however, he was awarded enough medals during that time (including the OBE) that I know he saw a great deal of action in Europe. One of my retirement goals is to go through the many boxes of his papers that are stored in the basement of my sister's house and comb through the public archives to piece together at least a bit of the stories I never heard.
Moving to Hong Kong made me much more aware of what took place in the Pacific during WWII. I am now fascinated by the years that HK was under Japanese occupation, have read everything I can get my hands on and am researching certain aspects of it for a small booklet - to bring it 'alive' to tourists as well as locals. It's important that people know what happened in an attempt to prevent history repeating itself.
When my husband and kids and I first did some travelling around Thailand in 1997, we went to Kanchanaburi, on the infamous "River Kwai", where an estimated 16,000 POWs died building a bridge which was a small part of the "Death Railway" to Burma. The small museum there (developed and run by a Thai Monk) includes replicas of the huts which housed the POWs, drawings and paintings done by the internees, photographs, maps, weapons and other war memorobelia and provides a stark (almost ghoulish) picture of the attrocities and injustices that took place. Some of this was almost hard to handle but....IMHO...important for us all (including my kids) to know. The 2 Allied War Cemeteries totally overwhelmed us all.
It is my hope that more young people have the opportunity to visit such places and are exposed to more true stories about WWII in a way that make it interesting enough for them that it has impact (I have to admit to having no interest in history when I was in school - it was just a lot of dates to remember ...it wasn't brought alive to me in any way).
Judy in Hong Kong