It is a special connection built over the past few years. This fall, students at General Byng School had the opportunity to hear firsthand from a Second World War veteran.
Ralph Wild was 20 when he joined the British Air Force as a pilot. Fast forward eight decades, and the 101 year old has not slowed down. He is fueled by opportunities to share his experiences and message of peace with the next generation.
"Mr. Wild's recollection of the Battle of Britain offers the students an element of history that cannot be found in books. The details of his stories, combined with his gentle British accent, always have my students hanging on to every word,” shared grade 7 teacher, Ashley Schmidt.
The veteran can recall the battle events in great detail. He told the class that he does daily brain teasers to get his mind working well.
"It is truly remarkable to access 101 years of life experience from a gentleman whose mind is still sharp as a tack,” said Schmidt.
The school is already planning for a return visit next year.
Learn more about Ralph Wild by watching the CTV News feature.