It was a Saturday morning early in May of
1945, the slow-ebbing final days of World War II.
Fourteen year-old Margie Scott of Sheho,
Saskatchewan ,was in the family home when
she heard her mother Sophie’s voice call out.
“Margie, the train will have just come in with
the mail. I’d like you to go to the Post Office to
see if there’s a letter from your Dad. We haven’t
heard from him in a while now.”
“Dad” was Corporal Cecil Scott of the
R.C.E.M.E. (Royal Canadian Electrical
Mechanical Engineers). He had landed at
Normandy in the D-Day assault of June 6,
1944, and then fought alongside his comrades
through France and into Holland.
The post office was about three blocks away.
Margie got ready to go. Should she take her five
year old brother with her? No, she decided. He
could be such a little brat.
Leaving the house, Margie found her
thoughts straying to her father, so far away from
the family. These were perilous times, she knew,
and death in the war was no stranger to the
people of her little Sheho community.
Two years earlier the Ukranian Orthodox
priest in Sheho had come up with the idea of
showing light-hearted movies in the Ukranian
Hall. For 15 cents per child, 25 cents per adult, the
stress of wartime could be relieved by a western
movie or an Abbot and Costello comedy.
But even then, the war could intervene.
Margie recalled the evening back in 1943
when the projectionist had halted that night’s
showing part way through. Mr. Currie, the
station-master, who received any telegram sent
to Sheho, had walked through the hall and then
onto the stage.
He delivered the tragic news. The son of the
United Church minister and the son of the
grocery store owner, both airmen and both
friends, .had been killed in action over Europe.
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