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Red River Heritage Fair
The Hong Kong Veterans
A video about the Canadian soldiers who were sent to Hong Kong during the second world war. The video explains the lives they had as prisoners of the Japanese, along with bits and pieces of information of one specific soldier.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
Probably one of the most interesting things that I learned about my topic was that I have a veteran in my family. My Grandpa's uncle was sent to Hong Kong and was captured by the Japanese. It was cool to learn about him while learning about these events, it added a person to the story of the veterans.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
Probably one important lesson I learned was to remember. Being a prisoner was most likely the worst thing to have happened to them. The reason they were prisoners were to help people who weren't even Canadian. People they didn't know. It's important to remember what they did and the tragic events they went through trying to help others.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
I would say the lives we live today are a lot better than the lives of the veterans during the second world war. Although they had normal lives before and after the war, when they were prisoners it was very hard. Knowing that they would have to get up early work really hard and get sick without much medical treatment would've been very hard, it's something we in Canada don't have to worry about today.