War brides are ready to pass the torch to the next generation

The 97-year-old girl traveled from Toronto to attend the annual reunion of Canadian war brides and families in Halifax this weekend.

At the Saturday night ball, it was she who tore up the dance floor with its old war tunes.

You don’t have to sit and let things go and let life passconfessed Marjorie Nation, accompanied by her daughter. I was the kind of person who enjoyed every day.

Ms. Nation is one of approximately 48,000 British and European women who married Canadian servicemen during World War II and immigrated to Canada.

Carolyn and her 97-year-old mother Marjorie Nation showed up at the annual meeting of Canadian war brides and families in Halifax.

Photo: CBC: Jeorge Sadi

She was the only war bride still alive at the weekend. The other 40 participants were descendants of war brides.

Lynn Martin, President of Canadian War Brides and Families, recounted that war bride organizations began as provincial groups, the first being in Saskatchewan. As many of the members grew old and died, these groups then began to disband.

preserve memory

The national organization was founded 11 years ago. Many war brides are now remembered by their families.

We now have grandchildren joining us and we had our first great-granddaughter last year in Calgary. »

A quote from Lynn Martin, President of Canadian War Brides and Families

So it’s been a real journey. And I know we’re down in numbers this year, but we still have some really enthusiastic people.

Lynn Martin mentioned that over a million people in Canada are descended from war brides.

110 love letters

This includes Carly Butler Verheyen from British Columbia, who wrote a book retracing her grandmother’s steps as a war bride in London, England.

In her research, she found 110 love letters from her grandmother to her grandfather. She wrote them in 1946, when he was back in Leamington, Ontario, and she was waiting to join him.

They were just in a plastic bag. We thought it was just scrap paper. And then we found them and put them in order by date and realized they were from that period. »

A quote from Carly Butler Verheyen, from British Columbia

Butler Verheyen continues that she wrote the book and comes to the meetings because she doesn’t want the story to be forgotten.

To have given up everything they knew, everyone they loved and their beloved country… They just put their faith in love and went on this adventureshe expressed.

An important story

Anna-Lynn Sanche also wants to preserve the history of war brides.

She brought with her a display case containing her mother’s papers, her suitcase, her wedding dress and her bouquet. His mother, Jeanne Marchais-Pfannmuller, traveled from Tours, France to Alberta in 1946 to join her husband.

Anna-Lynn Sanche’s parents married shortly after World War II.

Photo: CBC: Jeorge Sadi

Ms. Sanche said her mother enjoyed attending get-togethers with other war brides to share their lives and experiences.

Mom always said we’re becoming an extinct race. It’s the end of a generation. It’s the end of a legacy. »

A quote from Anna-Lynn Sanche

Anna-Lynn Sanche knew many of the members of the organization Canadian War Brides and Families for almost two decades. She continues to come to meetings to continue her mother’s legacy.

I like this. I think it is important. I think the story is important.

Based on a report by CBC journalist Victoria Welland


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