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terx19sagewhohadmadejourneysoftheirown.WalterandTillyweregivenseatsashonouredguests.Awarmblanketwaslaidacrosstheirlapsandhotdrinkswereof-feredandaccepted.Acommemorativebookandspecialcoinwerepresentedandwhenaveteranx19swidowseatedbesidethemwassomehowmissedTillygaveherhers.Itseemedtherightthingtodo.Walterwatchedasthe3nalprepara-tionstookplace.Commandswerebarkedandrowsoftodayx19ssoldierssnappedtoattention.Achildrenx19schoiralldressedinredandwhitetookitsplaceandbegantosing.Itseemedstrangetheiryoungvoic-essingingoldsongsfrompastwarsalongwithnewonesprayingforfuturepeace.Theveteranswhocouldstillmarch3ledpastandstoodinsilencewaiting.Theskystillgloweredthedampchillseemedtodeepenandthewindworriedatthemcausingsomebutnotallofthetears.TheservicewassimilartomanyofthoseWalterhadattendedbeforebutonalargerscale.Hecouldnothearallofthewordsspokenx14butnomatterheknewthembyheart.Thelayersofwreathsweremorenumerousandtheprocesstooklongerbutmeantasmuch.TheclockintheParliamentBuildingsx19belltowerstruck11.Thesubsequentmo-mentofsilencewasdeafeninguntilthemournfulsoundoftheLastPostreleasedWalterfromhisthoughts.Theassembledartillery3redtheirsaluteandalleyesturnedskywardasthejetsewpast.Theroarwascacophonousandasifacelestialcommandhadbeengiventhecloudspartedandthesun3nallyshone.Theorderlyranksbecameamovingmobreturningtoeverydaylife.ItwastimetoleavebutthememorieswouldgowithWalter.Therestofthefam-ilyrejoinedhimandTillyandtheybegantomaketheirwaythroughthecrowd.Buthewasstilllostinthought.EachNovem-ber11hesilentlyaskedhimselfthesamequestionx1cItwasgoodthatweremem-beredbuthaditallbeeninvainx1dWalterfeltatugonhissleeve.Helookeddowntoseealittlegirlsmilingupathim.StilldressedinherredandwhitechoirclothingsheappearedtobedrapedintheCanadianag.Herbrighteyessparkledasshespokex1cThankyouThankyoufor3ghtingforourfreedomx1dAndWalterx19sheartsmiled.FromLeningradtoOttawaaremark-ablejourneyx14andwortheverystep.LSLWalterSawchukwhowas91whenhediedonSept.132009lovedlivingbetweenlakesSimcoeandCouchichinginOrilliahisfamilyx19spost-warhome.HewasanavidgardenerandheandTillyMatildalovedtodance.Theyweremarriedfor59yearsandhadtwodaughters.JohnForrestofOrilliaretiredafter35yearsasaneducatorandbeganwritingabouttheexceptionaleventsandwonderfulpeopleinhislife.JohninterviewedWalterSawchukshortlybeforethelatterx19sdeathandwrotethisstoryforWaltersfamily.x13achx14ovember11hesilentlyaskedhimselfthesamequestionx1cItwasgoodthatwerememberedbuthaditallbeeninvainx1d