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Memories of JFK, Vietnam, and Draft Dodgers in Canada


Anne flies through many defining moments in her youth. She was a toddler when JFK was shot in 1963, and she was pulled away from the TV. Her uncle often told her “how much the country had lost” after the assassination. She also remembers the Vietnam War, visiting relatives across the border in the USA. Many young Americans came to Canada (draft dodgers), but many others were not able to, and suffered greatly. Her least favourite President was Lyndon Johnson, but she remembers how he changed towards the end of his life, apologizing to many of the war veterans. When the war ended, Canada also celebrated, and when President Ford invited draft dodgers to return to the USA, very few of them left their new home in Canada. Thanks for sharing, Anne.

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