My only activity is going with the legion November the 11th.
The moment of silence, I think about all the officers that I
knew that were killed. Specially my good buddy Mickey McBride
who wanted to come back and marry his girlfriend and never did
and my driver Vic Lane who always worried about his wife and his
two little daughters. He had a, a premonition that he'd be killed
at the Hitler Line and he was. I always leave with moist eyes.
Interviewer: Mr Murray, when you think back on the sacrifice that
your comrades made and those men that you knew and the men you
didn't know. When you think back on their sacrifice was the cost
worth the victory? Was the victory worth the cost of those lives?
To say so many lives for victory, it's hard to say. Nothing is
worth all those lives. Victory is necessary. Is there some other
way? Do we have to kill ourselves or leaders take us and
kill us? There has to be an awfully good reason for it and I
often wonder why we get into this. Why we have hatred, but
then I, I realize maybe that is how the human animal works. The
human animal has this ability to hate. I could hate you because
you got brown eyes or blue eyes. I could hate you because
you got curly hair and I got straight hair. That your black
and I'm white. That your Catholic and I'm Protestant.
That your anything and I'm something different. I can hate
you and you can hate me and I think this is it and I can't find
an answer for it and thinking that there's no answer for it,
then I feel that this will go on forever. That there, there's no
Interviewer: Mr. Murray is it important to you that your fellow
Canadians and future generations of Canadians have a clear
appreciation and understanding for what you men went through?
I think it is, but I think will it be? Soon all of this will be
forgotten. People today in Canada live in this nice peaceful
world. They don't realize that these things can happen. They
can happen to Canada. They can happen right here. They don't
realize that and I don't think that people want to concentrate
on that part of their lives. Whether they appreciate it or
not. What we did for them. You'll have to ask them.
Interviewer: Is it important to you that they do appreciate it?
I hope they do because a lot of my buddies are over there and I'd
hate to think that they really didn't appreciate it.
Interviewer: Tell me Mr. Murray if you had the opportunity of
speaking to young Canadians of this generation or future
generations about duty, patriotism, love of country, what
would you say to them?
I would say don't hate. Hate gets us into it. Hitler hated
and look what happened. Love of country yes, but not love of
country and hate other countries. I would say try and
love and I realize that, that is almost an impossible situation
because hate is so deeply ingrained into the human animal.