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Journey Back In Time Conjures Up Strong Emotions Production Honours Men And Women Who Served Their Country May 16, 2005 Article in The Daily News (Truro NS) By Monique Chiasson It was as though Truro had been transported to another era as veterans of the Second World War walked through camouflaged areas and shelter tents. People attending Time to Remember A Tribute to the Men and Women of WWII, a dinner theatre paying tribute to t he men and women of the Second World War, were led past a bagpiper and vintage military vehicle, through the halls of the greenery-draped Royal Canadian Legion and past a tent fully equipped with Morse code equipment and a soldier on watch. And that was just to be seated. Then students from Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School brought the war years to stage through songs and stories. "Camouflage always makes me remember those days," said Second World War veteran Doug Grant of Truro, who was in the air force. "This whole thing makes me feel like I'm back in that day." Grant said there are certain things that time will never erase. " I remember being in the Battle of Britain's Blitz of London ... we were bombed every night in London. I pulled friends out of gun emplacements," he said, looking around the makeshift tent. Tara Ravlo, 18, played a war bride during the production which wove together music and stories of the war years, from basic training in Canada to the military camps in England, the battlefields of France and the Pacific Campaign. "As I act this out, I can almost see it happening for real in my head," said the young actress, fitted in 1940s wardrobe. "Veterans are my heroes. I've come to learn just what they went through. It's so awesome how we impact them because these are real stories we are telling and they can relate. We have people come up to us after and say how it touched them." Jane Allen, event organizer with the local legion, said the evening's goal was to bring a smile, a few tears and touch the emotions of the audience. It was also in recognition of the Year of the Veteran. "We have so many veterans who come from our area ... and it's important to remember them." The dinner theatre was presented by 440 Productions and was scripted by George Egan, a teacher at the Yarmouth high school. Local army and sea cadets also contributed to the evening's events.
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Journey Back In Time Conjures Up Strong Emotions Production Honours Men And Women Who Served Their Country May 16, 2005
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