Haven't Left Yet...But Preparations Begin
Trip Start Jul 11, 2009
16Trip End Jul 25, 2009
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I was interested in finding out more about this man named Reg Barker in whose name my son has received a bursary from Queen's University. He was a natural leader amongst his men as he was a relative "oldtimer." I have been told by his neice that he was 36 when he enlisted. Before the war Reg was a talented athlete. He played football for Queen's (thus the bursary in his name) and then went on to win the Grey Cup with the Toronto Argonauts in 1937. He was also part of the 1932 Canadian Olympic Rowing team and a heavy weight boxer... so I can just imagine what kind of a natural leader he would have been. He was sadly taken prisoner and executed by the Hitler Youth 2 days after the D Day landing . (The Hitler Youth... now there's a whole other story!) As I look at the Itinerary for this upcoming Pilgrimage I see that we will spend July 13 and 14 visiting the area where Reg made the supreme sacrifice...Reg and his comrades. They were the very best that Canada had to offer. I cringe at the thought of these young lads being cast into such horrific demise...the promise of their young lives...lost...and yet, someone had to stand up to tyranny!