Souris man has glasses of late brother returned - 7 decades later
Brother was killed in Holland in 1945, his missing glasses recently discovered in farmhouse attic
After more than seven decades and a little help from social media, a Souris, P.E.I. man has finally been reunited with a piece of his family's history.
Bert Boertien found out a few weeks ago a special package was en route from Holland.
And when it arrived, he could hardly believe his eyes.
"It never, never crossed my mind. It was all forgotten," he said. "You'd never expect that kind of thing to happen."
For Boertien, it was some of the only pieces left of his brother's short life.
At 18 years old, Berend Boertien was accidently killed by an Allied bomb while working in a farmer's field in Holland in 1945.
The farmer's great-grandson came across the box in an attic recently and shared the story on Facebook.
Before long, a family member in Europe found out about it, tracked down the package and sent it to P.E.I.
And though he never expected it to show up, Boertien is relieved to have it home.
Boertien said he is going to give the glasses to his son, who is named after his brother.