The following was written recently by Bowmanville-area resident Gordon Rowe, grandson of St. Marys resident Rhoda Peebles. Thank you to Rhoda for providing a copy to the St. Marys Journal Argus.
Dear Canadian Veteran:
You don’t know who I am, but I owe you a great deal of thanks. If it weren’t for you, and all the others who sacrificed like you, I wouldn’t be able to write this letter.
I can’t begin to understand or imagine what it was like on the battlefields, or how it must have been for your family and friends waiting back home. But I do know what’ it’s like to watch a sunrise. I’ve been fishing with my father and had my mother bake on Sunday. I know the feeling of love, and freedom. I’ve felt wind and rain and heard the sound of birds in the forest.
You faced death and were surrounded by the thunder of artillery, but through it all you never gave up. You fought for our brothers in arms, your family and friends back home, your country and me.
Someone you may never meet or know, and you were willing to lay down everything to defend them. With that courage, you gave me the life I live today. You’re the reason I walk with free soil underneath my feet.
I owe you more than anyone could ever repay, but you have my eternal gratitude.
A grateful and free Canadian