Remembrance Day is a big day in Em’s family. It is a big day for many families but the story of my grandparents meeting at an Air Force training base in Ontario and my Grandpa’s role as a Lancaster bomber pilot is a well known narrative. They are both veteran’s as Gram served at home and Grandpa overseas. When his plane was shot down over German occupied France he and his crew were taken in by the local french resistance movement and my Grandpa was hidden in the Freteval forest in france until tat area of France was liberated. My family, mostly Grandpa and my uncle, have done a lot of research on his time in France and located people from the town of Chateaudun who were able to locate his crash site. This past September my dad travelled there with his sisters and were welcomed by a near overwhelming reception in honour of the members of my Grandpa’s flight crew. They met people instrumental in leading members of the crew to safety and risked their own lives by hiding and assisting them in a German occupied area. They visited a small museum display where items had been collected from the crash site and Dad located the D ring from the pull on my Grandpa’s parachute. This little piece of metal that was his lifeline in a moment. He was able to bring it back home and give to my Grandpa. Last year Aaron and I travelled out to Ontario and I got to spend remembrance Day with my Grandparents. The night before I noticed my Grandpa in his room looking at one of his WWII Air Force books. I crawled down the hall with my camera and as quietly as possible without disturbing the moment caught my Grandpa in the moment of reflection. It is one of my favourite photographs. The war is still with him everyday. Today he and Grandma are at the national monument in Ottawa attending the remembrance day ceremony. If you have a veteran in your family call them today and thank them because their sacrifice has a life long result.