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Todays children

Heroes Remember

They're asking people to go and speak to children in schools about war experiences. And I often think to myself, why? Do these children wish to hear about war experiences, about war period? One of the worst things that's happening today, on T.V., in the media, is the sense that if one gets into trouble, real dire trouble, you just think and you go poof and you're out of it. You disappear. Where do you go? And that's the sense of survival working but I think in the wrong way, in the wrong sense. People have to be accountable for their own actions and if you're not accountable well then you're lost. Now, I would be anyway, that's the way I feel. One does not learn accountability and if they, if they don't in a sense understand what is meant by accountability, by the time you realize that accountability is one of the, the ground works of people's existence. When you realize that accountability is an important factor, you will have had something important, something that has affected you emotionally, sometimes to a great deal. Until you have had that, accountability and what it means does not enter your existence.

Mr. Parker talks about today's media and its impact on children.

Richard Allen Parker

Richard Allen Parker was born in Vernon, BC on May 27, 1917 to a First Nations family. He talks about his early years, the prejudice that he faced, and the meaning of being First Nations. He left home at an early age to work in the mines. He talks about joining the PPCLI in 1942, fighting the SS and Hitler Youth and his time in Algiers and Italy.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Richard Allen Parker
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War

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