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War is inevitable.

Heroes Remember

I think maybe in many cases, people, people like yourselves and broadcasters, have made an error by going around and telling everyone that war is terrible. Well, war is terrible, there’s no doubt about that, but if you say it long enough, you know, people write you off and uh, I think that has happened. I would like to think, and this is a naive thought, I would like to think that we will never have another big war. Now why I use that word “big” is because I’m sure that as long as man’s on earth, he’ll fight. He’ll fight somebody for various reasons. And we see it now, you know, we see it now. And I think we always will. I don't think there's any end to war.

Mr. Bowen talks about ongoing conflict and its inevitability.

Gerald Bowen

Gerald R. Bowen was born in Ottawa, Ontario on October 13, 1925. He attended Lisgard High School, and was a paperboy. His family had prior military experience. His uncle had served in the Air Force and his father in the Army, later becoming an historian with the Department of National Defence. Mr. Bowen enlisted in the Navy where he became a telegrapher, serving aboard a Royal Canadian Navy frigate on convoy duty in the North Atlantic until the war ended. He left the service for a brief time and re-enlisted in the Canadian Army, where he became a paratrooper and a specialist in sabotage. He later served as a peacekeeper in Cyprus. Mr. Bowen’s extensive experience in the Canadian military offers us some very informative and perceptive anecdotes.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Gerald Bowen
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Canadian Armed Forces
Royal 22e Régiment

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