So, it is personal stories these well-prepared students tell of rich and poor and middle class warriors and those who waited at home for the cruelest of telegrams: “We regret to inform you…” your husband or son, or both, are (hopefully just) “missing in action” or, with dreadful finality “have been killed in action.”
I recognized none of the names recited but as I listened memory buds were touched and brought to life and after a while I was no longer a member of the audience, but part of the play.
Hume is one of the oldest working journalists in Canada, the longest-serving member, and Dean, of the Legislative Press Gallery of BC, winner of a Jack Webster Award: The Bruce Hutchison Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism, and recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.
For the past 20 years CCPA has honored veterans through a special Remembrance Day tribute. This year’s piece was a mix of music and spoken word.