“They all lived and laughed—just like us”

A young woman stands behind a lectern, speaking into a microphone.
Emily He, a student at Lisgar Collegiate Institute, speaks during her school’s 2018 Remembrance Day ceremony. The ceremony paid special tribute to Pilot Officer Lewis Burpee, a 1937 graduate of Lisgar, who was shot down and died during the famed Dambusters Raid of May 16-17, 1943. PHOTO: Glenn Ellis, Lisgar Collegiate Institute

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During this year’s Remembrance Day service, students and staff of Lisgar Collegiate Institute, a high school in Ottawa, paid special tribute to Pilot Officer Lewis Johnstone Burpee, a 1937 graduate of Lisgar. He was the pilot of a Lancaster bomber that was shot down during the famous Dambusters Raid of May 16-17, 1943. His son, Lewis Burpee, Junior, and Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force, were special guests at the ceremony.

 

Emily He is a student at Lisgar; here is the speech she delivered during the ceremony.

 

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