St. Jacobs woman pens song about neighbour: a Second World War veteran
Ed Strauss told Parks he was 19 years old and flew a Halifax Bomber
After a conversation with her neighbour, Second World War veteran Ed Strauss, Carolyn Parks picked up a guitar and started to write down the song she was inspired to compose.
Parks told CBC News she often talked with the 96-year-old while she walked her dog every day. During one of their chats in the summer, Strauss began to talk about his experience in the war.
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Strauss told Parks he had been 19 years old and flew a Halifax bomber, often shaking his head saying 'it was awful'.
"As I walked away, it just stayed with me that week and it touched me, so I found my self sitting there and this chorus popped out: '12 men dead', based on what he said to me," she said.
The rest of the song came together after she spoke with Strauss a week later. He became emotional when she told him she was writing a song about him.
"The thing that really got me was when he started to cry. When he said, 'Oh no it'll just come back to me,'" she said.
"As I was walking away, I was much more affected and I was crying on my way home. I sat down on the table, picked up the guitar and the rest of the song wrote itself."
Think, absorb, feel
She adds, her song is also a reflection of how she hopes to mark Remembrance Day.
"If I take the time to think, and absorb and feel, then I in a sense am remembering in the best way I can," she said.
Parks will be performing her song 12 Men Dead on Saturday during the annual Remembrance Day banquet in Waterloo, where Strauss and his family will be present.