The world remembers: 16,000 First World War dead memorialized through display, free NAC concert – Sarnia and Lambton County This Week

by ahnationtalk on November 10, 201832 Views

November 9, 2018

If R.H. Thomson had his way, we’d have two hours of silence to honour the fallen on Remembrance Day.

“Two minutes is just not sufficient,” said the Toronto-based actor/producer in an interview. “If we stood there for two hours in silence, I think we would start to understand what happened.”

His feeling that we should do more to remember was shaped while growing up, beginning with an old collection of family letters. Five of his great-uncles who fought in the First World War wrote regular letters to their mother back home in Canada.

“It was always part of our family history,” recalled Thomson, who was encouraged to read the letters as a youth. Years later, he wrote a play, The Lost Boys, based on them, and heard many more wartime tales from theatregoers.

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