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ersherdedlikeanimals.TheywalkedinwoodenshoesacrossNazi-controlledEuropex14toLat-viaGermanyPolandFranceIta-lythenbackagain.WalterescapedtwicewasrecapturedtwiceandnallywasexiledtothenotoriousStalag13.PerhapsitwasthemartialmusicthetroopsmarchingintopositionformingupfortheserviceMaybeitwastheagssnap-pinginthewindx14socolourfulagainstthedullbackdroptoomanytocountWalterrememberedLiberationDayx14theAlliesarrivingtheiragsandmusicandthecheering.Hewasfreethen.FreetowanderfromcountrytocountryhomelesshisyouthlosttoEnglandandworkcampsandresettlementcampsandnallyajobintheNetherlands.ItwashardmenialworkbuttherewasTillyandlovemarriagechildrenfamilyandhope.ThentheSovietKGBcame.TheywantedWalterandhislanguageskillsfortheirintriguessoheandhisfam-ilyedfarawaytoCanada.Morechal-lengestofaceanotherlanguageanewcultureandbestofallpeace.IthadbeenalongjourneyfromLeningrad.WalterheldTillyx19shandalittletighterasthefamilygroupmadetheirwayacrosstheplazainOttawaseekingseatsinthepublicviewingstands.Thememorialdominatedthecentreofthecivicsquare.Hecouldseetherowsofsatin-ribbonedwreathstheirblood-redpoppiesutteringinthestiffbreezeseeminglywaitingpatientlytobeplacedatthebaseofthecenotaph.Thearchofthememorialseemedtotouchthesullenskytheheroicguresfrozenintimebeneathitstillfoughtonforfreedomx1cLestWeForgetx1dJustastheSawchuksreachedthestandsanofcial-lookingwomanapproached.WeretheyinthewrongplaceShespoketoWalterbutwithhisfailinghearinghecouldnothearallherwords.Sherepeatedherquerymoreloudlyx1cVeteranx1dHenod-dedandshesmiledandmotionedforhimtofollow.Rowsofchairswerearrangedinaspe-cialareaatthefrontreservedforveterans.Somewerealreadylledwithmenandwomeninandoutofuniform.PeopleWal-photographscourtesysawchukfamilypoppiesistockx8Lakex8Simcoex8Livingx8x8Autumnx82010x8x823twasWalterSawchukx19sgranddaughterx19sideatovisittheNationalWarMemo-rialinOttawa.WalterhadbeentomanyotherRemembranceDayservicesathomeinOril-lia.TherehehadmarchedandstoodinsilencefeelingcloseandcomfortablewithfamilyfriendsandcomradesfromtheRoyalCanadianLegion.Hehadpaidhisrespectsandrememberedtheconictsandallwhohadfallenandthosewhohadsurvivedscarredforeternity.Buttodaywouldbedifferent.Itwasnotalongwalkacrosstheplazatothecenotaphbutitseemedwitheverystepamem-orywouldresurfaceinhismind.PerhapsitwastheweatherTheleadenskiessmotheredwithsullencloudsthreatenedrainthecoldwindbatteredWalterx19sberettuggedatthecollarofhisLegionovercoatandwhippeditaroundhislegs.Thecoldx14thedeepdampbone-chillingcoldthatseemedtobereservedforeveryNovember11x14wasmiserableandcuttohisheart.Heshivered.TheweatherhadbeenlikethisatLeningradwhenWalterhadbeencapturedsurroundedbytheshatteredbodiesofmenandhors-eslyinginthebloodymud.Heandhiscomradesmarchedasprison-Onesoldierx19sstorytomarkthe65thanniversaryoftheendoftheSecondWorldWarByJohnForrestILeftWalterSawchukwithdaughterDarjaleftandwifeTillyatmemorialceremoniesinOttawa.AboveTillyWalterandthegirlwhothankedhim.FromLeningradtoOttawa