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Heroes Remember

In 2006, I got a call and they said that “We need somebody to lay a wreath for the 90th anniversary of the No. 2 Construction Battalion. Would you do that?” And I said, “I’d be honoured to do that.” Remembrance Day for me for quite some time meant that I had to get out in my grey coat and stand on parade for an hour and a half or two hours. Normally, in most of the Remembrance Days that I, was participated in was as an active member on parade out West, cold, but this time it was different and it struck me quite profoundly that here were people that I knew, didn’t understand why they had fallen on hard times. Didn’t understand what they had contributed to the country or to the effort to defend the country and found a new awareness and for that I certainly have a greater respect for what goes on, on Remembrance Day and remembering those people. And I went down again this last year and this time laid a wreath for the Black Veterans.

Mr. Peters discusses his transition from obligatory to voluntary involvement in Remembrance Day ceremonies.

Walter Peters

Walter Peters, the youngest of six children, was born in Litchfield, Nova Scotia in 1937. A graduate of Mount Allison University, he worked for the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation before enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force at age twenty-four and entering pilot training. After receiving his commission and wings, Mr. Peters enjoyed a distinguished career on many levels. He was Canada’s first black jet fighter pilot and an A1 flying instructor. He was involved in the development of the Snowbirds and later flew with them. At Trenton, Mr. Peters piloted Hercules cargo aircraft on assorted missions around the globe, and it was here that he also became the Canadian Armed Forces’ first Human Rights Officer. As advisor to the United Nations Security Council, Mr. Peters offered advice on the tactical movement of troops by air, and analysed and briefed the Council after the Russian shootdown of a Korean civilian jet in 1983. He retired holding the rank of Major.

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Walter Peters
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