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Those are the ones that you must keep in mind.

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Those are the ones that you must keep in mind.

This hundredth birthday that I had, and the young people who were interested in it, the birthday part. But in the giving of the Legion of Honour medal that occurred on the twenty-fourth of February for Veterans that you knew all about, of course, I was surprised at the younger individuals that were interested in that part of it. Many of them were interested in the medals or this. Now, I didn’t care about the medals, but they told me I had to wear them, you see. Anyway, they were interested in it, the young people were interested in it and I had to talk to a lot of young people about warfare from what I saw. But with my warfare, I wasn’t talking about it. I was talking about the general warfare of real soldiers, you see, and they were interested. I would say to them, “Look here, you young fellows are coming into a country that has given you so much, given to you by the work that the fellows had done during the first wars. Those are the ones that you must keep in mind and those are that part of this is that you should keep in mind when you’re thinking about what you’re going to do and what the young people should do and what should be the honour of this country that you’re living in. You should be very, very, very happy that you got a history like that to look back on.” That’s what I feel.

Mr. Manson reflects on how today’s younger generation has renewed interest in Canada’s Veterans, and offers some advice about gratitude and respect for our Veterans’ efforts in past wars.

Arthur Bennett Manson

Arthur Manson was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia on March 5, 1899, as the second of three children. His father worked as a lumberman, then became a provincial politician, moving his family to Fort Simpson and finally to Prince Rupert. The family moved to Victoria when his father became BC’s Minister of Agriculture. Arthur Manson’s older brother had enlisted as a machine gunner and had attained the rank of lieutenant. Mr. Manson enlisted at Victoria in March, 1917, stating that it was “the thing to do.” He trained in Petawawa, Ontario as an artilleryman, and did the same at Whitley in England. However, he was spared front line duty by being attached to 2nd Brigade Headquarters. After the armistice, Mr. Manson joined the army of occupation in Germany. When he returned to Canada, Mr. Manson obtained his medical degree and practiced medicine in British Columbia. When the Second World War was under way, he joined the Forces as a Medical Officer in BC in response to the perceived threat from Japan.

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Arthur Bennett Manson
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First World War
2nd Brigade Headquarters

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