In French the duty to remember is le devoir de mémoire.
In 2009 I did not know that.
In 2009 I just could not help myself sharing what my wife’s uncle had told about the Athabaskan in a family reunion.
I did not know HMCS Athabaskan had ever existed let alone it was sunk on April 29, 1944!
I did not know also that my wife’s uncle was a sailor in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War Two and that he was a stoker in the engine room when that ship was torpedoed!
Pierre did not want to share more about his ordeal, and I respected his decision not to.
This is when I had the idea of creating a blog called Souvenirs de guerre in August 2009, and this English version you are now reading.
This is post number 1048. That’s a lot of posts isn’t?
This blog is not only about HMCS Athabaskan.
But everytime someone shares something new about the Athabaskan I will share it with you with their permission to do so.
This is what I want to share with you this morning.
A personal message from the son of a sailor.
The rest of the story will be on Lest We Forget II since I have no more space here to add more pictures with my stories.