Emily G.

Oshawa, Ontario

Durham Regional Fair

The Korean War

My project is on the Korean War. More importantly, a Korean War veteran I have come to love, William Davies.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing for me was definitely William Davies: a Korean War veteran. He told me about his experiences throughout his time in Korea. He told me about the terrible living conditions, why he enlisted, his life as a child, the worst he ever fought through... everything there is to know about a person. But the most interesting? He told me about his wife, almost bringing tears to my eyes. William Davies is the most amazing man I know.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Throughout this project I have learned that life wasn't always as easy as it is now. During the early 1900s, kids at the age of 14 were going off to work in coal mines, doing the work of an adult, even in Canada. We definitely should not take what we have today for granted, because imagine living in someone elses shoes 60-100 years ago. What was life like for them?

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

My life today is paradise compared to the children of Korea living through the 1950s. I would dread living through what they had to live through. William told me about being in Korea, about a little town where a bomb blew up an entire school, killing hundreds of children my age and younger. Those children did nothing to deserve that early ending. I could not imagine living through so much blood and pain, and I admire every single kid who survived that devastating time.