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Going in the Right Direction

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Going in the Right Direction

Well you know if you love the country you got to be prepared to fight for it. And that goes for everything for country or family or whatever. I am not keen on individualism, sometimes goes too little too far. You got to live for more than yourself and I would hope that I wish our schools would do more to bring back some of the old verities that we used to go by, you know. In all my day it was king and country and all that crap and I’m not saying we should go back to that but I don’t’ feel the kids these days are getting enough appreciation for their country, for their family and for the old time thing like do onto others as you would have others do onto you. I was asked to talk to a bunch of kids in the school a few years ago and I had to say look around at the different colours and different people, do you know that in my day we wanted to kill the Japs, we wanted to kill the Germans, how would you like to think like that? You see you got to watch where we’re going, where the whole country is going, we got to learn to love each other.

Mr. Preece provides his opinion of the importance the youth of today must have working together as a team rather than individuals to make our country strong.

John Preece

Mr. John Preece was born October, 1926 in Toronto, Ontario. Mr. Preece grew up without a father and at the very young age of fifteen left home and joined the Norwegian Merchant Marine. After some time, he decided to join the army, enlisted in Canada and travelled overseas where he then joined The Royal Regiment of Canada. As part of the infantry, Mr. Preece experienced combat and while in action became wounded which resulted in him being unable to continue active service. Mr. Preece returned to Canada after the war, achieved his grade 12 education and continued on to university. In 1959 he received his B.A.Sc. at University of Toronto, C.O.T.C. 2nd Lieutenant, a B.A. Arts (Psych) degree in 1971 and retired with a P. English. His career included many management positions in varied businesses. Mr. Preece is now retired and resides in Ottawa with his family.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
April 30, 2015
Person Interviewed:
John Preece
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Liberation of Holland
Royal Regiment of Canada

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