To Vancouver With Love

From Spencer

Dear Dad,
I'm sorry I haven't written you and Mom since I left. She's still angry with me, I'm sure, but I hope at least you understand why I had to enlist. This is my moment, Dad. Our moment, for all the men my age. And I'm just as much a man as Brian was when he joined, whether you want to admit it or not.
I'll admit life is harder here than I thought it would be, but the fight is worth it. I'm sure of it. I'm just trying to live up to the task. All the soldiers here are so brave. Just like they say. I'm proud to serve with them.
One of the nurses here said Canadians were the best soldiers and spoke of the Battle of Vimy Ridge like our whole nation was full of heroes. Like Brian. So you see, Dad, it was worth it. You should remember him with pride, like I do. I'm just trying to be half the soldier he was. So don't be angry, Dad, and tell Mom not to cry. Your youngest son is just finishing the work your oldest started. If all goes well, I'll be home by spring.
Your loving son,
Erik

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