ST. ANTHONY, N.L.
When I set out to write this article, I was hoping to hear stories of wartime experiences passed along by First World War veterans to family members.
As I spoke to more people who knew veterans, however, it became apparent these men seldom, if ever, spoke about the war. So, I changed my course and set out to answer why this was the case.
To that end, I sought the opinion of a Memorial University history professor. He emphasized that the men wanted to move on from their experiences and felt only fellow veterans could understand what they went through. I feel the story attempts to seriously provide insight into the minds of men who were otherwise silent about their wartime experiences. In that way, it gives them a voice – a voice reminding us that we can never truly understand what they went through and their experiences belong to them and them alone.
I learned, through pursuing and writing this article, that they have every right to keep their experiences to themselves. And we, in turn, must honour that.
Story: No stories to tell: St. Anthony First World War veterans kept experiences to themselves (November 7, 2018)