SCUGOG: Port Perry native, Kelly Hoare will be reading from the works of his great grandfather, and First World War veteran Pte. Frank Walker, at an event at the Scugog Memorial Public Library, on Sunday, November 12th.
Mr. Hoare’s readings will be part of an event, being put on by Theatre 3x60, titled ‘Vimy and the Great War: 100 Years Later. Pte. Walker was a stretcherbearer and a poet during the First World War.
Mr. Hoare told The Standard why he decided to be a part of this event.
“To pay tribute to the soldiers and the people, who have fought for our freedoms, and to do whatever I can to honour them,” he said.
Mr. Hoare read his great grandfather’s book, titled “From a Stretcher Handle: The World War I Journal and Poems of Pte. Frank Walker”, for the first time in 2000, shortly after it was published.
“I was really excited to know a family member of mine recorded that history. I’m very happy that there is a snapshot of his life, and it is great to have a snapshot of history,” he said.
Mr. Hoare added that reading his great grandfather’s works has taught him to be grateful for the life he has. He hopes people, at the November 12th event, will gain a similar appreciation.
“I hope that people will remember the great sacrifice the soldiers of World War 1 and [soldiers of] all wars made, and take away an appreciation of what we have, and an appreciation for their heritage,” he said.
The event will start at 2:30 p.m. and doors open at 1:45 p.m. Admission is pay whatever you can, with a suggested donation of $10 per person.
For those interested in purchasing Pte. Walker’s book, search, “From a Stretcher Handle: The World War I Journal and Poems of Pte. Frank Walker”, online.