Reporter: Katrina Owens
Their lives for our freedom.
Walking down the street without getting harmed should be a universal right but people in other countries don’t have the same simple freedoms Canadians do.
The main connection to our rights is our freedom fighters, our veterans. Without them fighting for our freedom during both World Wars, walking down the street probably wouldn’t be as trouble-free.
A cashier getting your coffee mixed up seems catastrophic but pales in comparison to living in a country plagued by wars that doesn’t even have the luxury of a coffee shop.
Robert Pinny, a Second World War veteran, couldn’t agree more.
“When I was young we stressed about the thought of getting bombed, not getting the wrong amount of sugar in our coffees,” he said.
Pinny, 95, and his wife, 85, met during the war and have been together ever since. Pinny hails from Ottawa and was stationed in Brandon, Manitoba during the first part of the war. After enduring the bitterness
of a Manitoba winter, Pinny was stationed in France, where he joined other Canadians in battle. His wife had tears in her eyes when he mentioned being stationed in France.
“It was very, very hard when he was away,” she said. “The constant worrying almost killed me, when mail took long to arrive it made me think the worst.”
Pinny was overseas for six months until returning to Canada, where he stayed until the war ended in 1945.
“Six months was enough for me,” he said..
After the war Pinny stayed in the military until retirement. He spent his workdays test-driving military vehicles and making sure weapons weren’t defective.
“Everyday is a blessing. I’m thankful every morning I wake up because I could have been killed over in France. Heck I could have been killed in a car crash two days after the war ended,” he said.
Pinny and his relatives attend Remembrance Day ceremonies in Oshawa and their respective towns every year to remember fellow Canadians who died in the war.