The names of Airman Hector Monro and Airman
Norman Leckie can be seen today on the great black
granite memorial to RCAF personnel at the airfield
Margie had never forgotten that sad evening and
its sad news.
As she walked down the street, Margie spotted
a man in uniform in the distance. That was hardly
an uncommon sight in the little town. Nearly one
in eleven Canadians was in uniform by the war’s
end. Seeing someone so dressed was an everyday
reminder that the war loomed over all.
She walked on, her thoughts those of any young
teenager on a warm spring day.
Her attention was drawn again to the man in
uniform who had by then drawn considerably
closer to her.
The way he walked . . . .he was now striding more
quickly towards her. His gait, no, it can’t. ”Yes.”
“That’s my Dad! That’s my Dad!” She
bounded toward him and then threw herself into his
arms. He wrapped her up in an enormous bear hug.
Minutes later, they turned to go home. Together.
It was a moment that Margie would never see
diminish in her memory.
Just before arriving at their house, Margie let go
of her Dad and skipped ahead. She went to the back
door of the house and entered the kitchen.
Her mother, hearing her enter, called out “Is there
a letter from your dad?”
“No, said Margie, something much better than that.”
This is a true story. Margie is Marge Cherney, of
Roblin, Manitoba. Now 89 years young. Marge is
a long-ago teaching colleague and a much longer
friend of the story writer. In 1962, when they first met,
she was Mrs. Marge Perchaluk, a teacher in Roblin’s
elementary school system, and the writer, Dale Yeo, a
rookie teacher at Roblin Collegiate Institute.
She is a wonderful lady who, very deservedly,
remains very proud of her father’s wartime service.
Her precise recall of details in this story of 75
years ago is amazing.
This story was sent in to be a part of our
Book of Memories. RTAM is still receiving
short stories. See our website for some
guidelines, and a couple examples others have
submitted. Everyone agrees that this book is
a very worthwhile effort, yet few of our 10,000
members have submitted. Come on, folk, you
had some interesting times in and around the
classroom, help us compile these for ourselves
and others to read. Marge, at 89, is mailing us,
longhand, her story.
It was our intention to bring this request
forward at our AGM in May, but. . . .
This story also is meant to stir some thoughts
about Remembrance Day. If we wait till the next
issue of KIT, November 11 will be well past, so
we are sending out a heads up now.
This spring, the RTAM Board passed a motion
to donate to any chapter $40 to purchase a
wreath and lay it. This will cover the cost
for a medium sized wreath. Contact office@
rtam.mb.ca The information we have now is
that orders must be placed in Ottawa before
September 18, phone 204 233-3405, or place
your order with your local Legion.
Choose a youth, if you can, someone whose
family has a military or country-serving
background. Lay the wreath on behalf of all
Retired Teachers at your local Remembrance
Day ceremony. Yes, there will be COVID-19
cancellations, we know that, but we also know
that last year, when the first wreath was laid for
RTAM, not just for a chapter, it was well received.
And please, members, if you have, or know of
such a remembrance story for next year, please
contact us. And send in your classroom stories.
Thank you to Dale Yeo and Marge Cherney,
both retired teachers.
– RTAM Public Relations Committee
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