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jensenpark
09-14-2005, 10:26 PM
One of the great things about my job (Joe Hotel Manager guy) is the opportunity to meet so many great and different people.
Today our hotel sponsored/hosted a 1940's style "Tea Dance" for 200 WW2 vets at the local Reserve's Armoury in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the end of the war.
In Canada, 2005 was declared "Year of the Veteran". So guess what? Our government offered to arrange the event but shamefully refused to cover costs - so our hotel put on the event.

Thought I'd share a few pics of the afternoon;

Major (retired of course) Ken Kirby and his wife of 62 years. Major Kirby was a Dieppe vet who was captured and spent the balance of the war in Stalag 8b. He was with the Hamilton Light. He married his wife 3 days before the ill-fated 'excursion'. She was a Brit WAAF.

2nd photo shows the symbol of the Dieppe POW survivors - little cuffs - that they wear as lapel pins.
He is one of just 7 of his regiment still alive.
He has offered to share some of his 'war papers' and I will scan and post if anyone is interested.
Last photo shows the group dancing - yes dancing - the the CFB Esquimalt Nadan band.
Most of the vets I spoke with were in there 80's with one being 92.
Just surreal having them share stories while a big brass band is playing Glenn Miller in the back.
All full of life and a touch of fire in their eyes. Some even helped with the clean up duties at the end.
Vets from all services attended, RCN, RCAF and Army. One served in Italy with Smokey Smith, our last living Victoria Cross recipient.
Amazing group of people.
Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation" certainly would describe this group as well.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/jensenpark/IM000058.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/jensenpark/IM000059.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/jensenpark/IM000062.jpg

jensenpark
09-14-2005, 10:26 PM
One of the great things about my job (Joe Hotel Manager guy) is the opportunity to meet so many great and different people.
Today our hotel sponsored/hosted a 1940's style "Tea Dance" for 200 WW2 vets at the local Reserve's Armoury in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the end of the war.
In Canada, 2005 was declared "Year of the Veteran". So guess what? Our government offered to arrange the event but shamefully refused to cover costs - so our hotel put on the event.

Thought I'd share a few pics of the afternoon;

Major (retired of course) Ken Kirby and his wife of 62 years. Major Kirby was a Dieppe vet who was captured and spent the balance of the war in Stalag 8b. He was with the Hamilton Light. He married his wife 3 days before the ill-fated 'excursion'. She was a Brit WAAF.

2nd photo shows the symbol of the Dieppe POW survivors - little cuffs - that they wear as lapel pins.
He is one of just 7 of his regiment still alive.
He has offered to share some of his 'war papers' and I will scan and post if anyone is interested.
Last photo shows the group dancing - yes dancing - the the CFB Esquimalt Nadan band.
Most of the vets I spoke with were in there 80's with one being 92.
Just surreal having them share stories while a big brass band is playing Glenn Miller in the back.
All full of life and a touch of fire in their eyes. Some even helped with the clean up duties at the end.
Vets from all services attended, RCN, RCAF and Army. One served in Italy with Smokey Smith, our last living Victoria Cross recipient.
Amazing group of people.
Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation" certainly would describe this group as well.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/jensenpark/IM000058.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/jensenpark/IM000059.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v289/jensenpark/IM000062.jpg

T_O_A_D
09-15-2005, 12:38 AM
What a healthy looking WW2vet http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

woofiedog
09-15-2005, 02:20 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif Good story.

Low_Flyer_MkII
09-15-2005, 04:14 AM
Nice one! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

blairgowrie
09-15-2005, 06:05 AM
Well done JP. Looks like they had a great time.

-HH- Beebop
09-15-2005, 06:50 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by jensenpark:
...In Canada, 2005 was declared "Year of the Veteran". So guess what? Our government offered to arrange the event but shamefully refused to cover costs - so our hotel put on the event. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Bravo for the hotel!
BOOOO for the government.
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">...He has offered to share some of his 'war papers' and I will scan and post if anyone is interested. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Absolutely.

Thank you for sharing. It's good to see Veterans being honored for their sacrifices.

russ.nl
09-15-2005, 07:25 AM
Good work m8, we should really honor those men for as long as possible.

Pirschjaeger
09-15-2005, 07:55 AM
Right on Jensen, http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Hats off to you and your staff. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Fritz

Capt_Pepper
09-15-2005, 09:34 AM
Well done, Sir.

Personally, I couldn't agree more with Brokaw. There's just something very special about them and sadly, there's fewer of them with each passing day.

Kudos to your hotel for their efforts. Those folks are certainly deserving of it.