Remembrance Day brings 107-year-old veteran and great-grandson closer together


Nathan Donald and his great-grandfather Burdett Sisler may be 100 years aside in age, however they’ve fashioned an in depth bond, and this Remembrance Day has solely introduced them closer together.

“Nathan actually seems to be as much as huge grandpa and undoubtedly noticed a distinct facet of him, with the ability to have some one-on-one time like that and ask his personal questions,” Cam Donald, Nathan’s father and Sisler’s grandson-in-law, advised CBC.

Seven-year-old Nathan interviewed Sisler, 107, about Remembrance Day, his service within the Second World War and what life was like a century in the past.

Sisler, who lives in Fort Erie, Ont., is considered one of Canada’s oldest surviving warfare veterans.

Nathan and his household uploaded the roughly five-minute video onto his YouTube channel, the place he is interviewed different individuals, together with the previous mayor of St. Catharines, Ont.

‘Remember the fellas that went to warfare’

“This is not any peculiar video as a result of I’m interviewing my great-grandpa who’s 107 and fought in World War II,” Nathan says to start out the video.

“Grandpa, why is Remembrance Day so essential?”

“You ought to bear in mind the fellas that went to warfare. You ought to give due to those that gave their lives so you might have a great time right here in Canada,” Sisler responds.

Sisler was born in Akron, Ohio, on April 14, 1915, in the midst of the First World War.

His household moved to the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke at age three, the identical 12 months the Spanish flu hit.

In the video, Nathan asks Sisler what life was like when he was seven and what sort of video games he performed rising up.

“At seven years outdated, it was 1922, the warfare had been completed for 4 years, however it was powerful sledding in a way that costs of stuff had gone up based on the instances,” Sisler stated.

“But we managed one way or the other or different. There was all the time numerous meals and the meals was cheap. You might get a loaf of bread for a few cents,” he stated, including that youngsters his age performed video games like tag.

Sisler joined the navy when he was 28.

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Nathan’s dad stated Sisler served within the Second World War as a radar technician and technical sergeant.

“I wasn’t actually in the place all of the combating and taking pictures was, however I had to assist them with the radar so they might get all the way down to the place individuals have been going or coming,” Sisler advised his great-grandson within the YouTube interview. “They might inform when a airplane left Germany earlier than it even got here wherever close to England.

“I used to be kind of secure the place I used to be, however the individuals flying the planes have been doing all of the work. My job was kind of simply to again up. It wasn’t a lot, it wasn’t exhausting work, however after all it was harmful work.”

Sisler is considered one of Canada’s oldest Second World War veterans. In this image from two years in the past, he stood on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. (Submitted by Norm and Matt Sisler)

After serving within the Second World War, Sisler moved to Fort Erie and has lived there ever since, working numerous jobs, together with 30 years with Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

His household contains 5 kids, 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

His spouse Mae handed away in 1985.

Sisler was dwelling on his personal till final 12 months, when he moved right into a retirement house, based on Donald.

Interview ‘inspiring’ different children

Cam stated Sisler is captivated with Remembrance Day.

“He tried to clarify to Nathan, think about having all your pals and then you definitely go away for some time and then none of them are there … and Nathan type of took it actually to coronary heart about how completely different it was again then.”

Cam stated the interview was posted to Facebook and some lecturers who noticed it shared the video of their lessons.

“Some of the feedback on Facebook have been across the children asking numerous questions on what Burdett did within the warfare and eager to know extra,” he stated.

He additionally stated Nathan’s college will play the video at its Remembrance Day ceremony.

“It was neat to see Nathan’s work was truly inspiring to different children.”


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