One day, there was a big announcement at Keating School. We were told there would be a special event for our families and we could bring a younger sibling to school. Much like the popular "Take your child to work with you day," of more modern times, this was quite a unique idea. When I went home and told my family about the
|Walking along Walema Dr. to Cordova Bay Rd.|
to catch the school bus, 1945
Major changes were happening in the world. In April 1945 the President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt died and Vice President Harry S. Truman took office. We listened to the broadcast of Roosevelt's funeral on the radio.
A month later on May 8, 1945, VE Day, victory in Europe and Adolph Hitler was dead. What had started in 1939 had finally ended. We heard the celebrations and jubilation on the radio, but for us there was still a war in the Pacific as Japan continued its aggression. Nightmares about the war were often a problem for children, and I was no exception. Someone had taken me to a war movie a year or two earlier and this movie contributed to my anxiety for a long time.
From the archives of the Royal BC Museum, : Victoria celebrates the Victory in Europe (May 8, 1945) | Staff Profiles
In June 1945 my father received the military honour of being "Mentioned in Despatches" and received the distinctive oak leaf pin to wear on his uniform. The award was accompanied by this statement:
This non-commissioned officer has at all times carried out his difficult tasks in a highly efficient and exemplary manner. There were periods when very difficult situations arose and he has always surmounted these difficulties in a very commendable manner. Arduous tasks and long hours have never dampened this non-commissioned officer's enthusiasm and he has been a great credit to his station.