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The Journey full of Excitement

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The Journey full of Excitement

Interviewer: You find yourself now in France, preparing for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge... That would have been me, my dad yes but it's me now. Interviewer: Can you tell us a little bit about what this trip means to you and how you're feeling. It means an awful lot to me because I would be doing for what my dad would have done. He would have loved to come over here but unfortunately he passed away so I am taking his place. My brother has passed away as well. And yes, I definitely wanted, I did everything I could to get over here. Justin is my grandson on my youngest daughter's side and he just turned eighteen just a few months ago so he's eligible to be doing that job. Oh he was excited when he heard that he was coming here, oh boy, I think he was more excited than I was. Grandson Justin: Well at first I was like there's no way that we are going to be able to get out here. There's no way this is going to happen and then you're here and it's like, it's a completely different experience. You read about it in a book is one thing but when you go to the cemeteries and the monument and you really see the true extent of what happened and you really get a real understanding for what happened here all those years ago. And it's an experience that you will never have one like it. This is exciting.

Mr. Blake expresses the pride and enthusiasm he feels for being part of the Canadian delegation travelling to Vimy!

James Blake

Mr. James Blake was born in Belleville, Ontario in 1931, a time during Canada’s depression. Following in his father’s footsteps Mr. Blake decided to join the military. He became part of the Armoured Corps holding rank of corporal. Throughout his military time, Mr. Blake had an opportunity to deploy overseas to Crypus. Now retired, Mr. Blake enjoys life and remains active in his community. Being part of the Canadian delegation in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge is an honour for Mr. Blake and he holds a great deal of pride for his service and for all who served to earn the freedom we share today.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
April 8, 2017
Person Interviewed:
James Blake
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces

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