This Fokker Triplane model from World War I is at the Elgin Military Museum. There were only 320 Fokker Triplanes produced.
(Kathy Rumleski/CTV London)
I’m sharing with you a CTV London special series which aired last night and will continue for the next three nights.
I worked in partnership with Sean Irvine. He meticulously went through file footage both at our station and at the Elgin Military Museum. I joined him for a day of research at the museum. We have put together a comprehensive package, both for TV viewers and our online readers.
Sean found a story from our station in 1982 that looked at the project of Sterling Ence, who interviewed veterans using new technology at the time, a Betamax video camera, to preserve their stories.
Sean then tracked down Ence for his series and Ence gave him a wonderful quote about why he wanted to talk to the vets and record history.
“I would like to think that at the very time this was done, that this gave Jim Pickston (one of the vets) a boost. That finally somebody was listening to him. And if he died a little happier, that he had not been forgotten completely, that in itself is a pretty good thing.”
The grandson of Art Freeman, who will be featured in part 2 tonight, became emotional when he talked to Sean about preserving stories. He promised his grandfather he would ensure those that served would not be forgotten. While Art survived, his brother Robert didn’t.
Paul said his grandfather would often grapple with survivor’s guilt.
“You go down there and he’d be on the porch, or at the kitchen table with his hands on the side hill and he’d be crying, ‘Why me? Why did I live and so many have to die?”
Paul put together a book about his grandfather and great uncle that is at the Elgin Military Museum. The museum is trying to preserve even more stories, but needs funding.
Here is a look at CTV London’s coverage.
Be sure to tune in to catch the next three parts.