“Remember” by Jim Harris

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Jim Harris is a retired veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces.  He spent 34 years with the Royal Canadian Military Engineers.  Mr. Harris served in the first Gulf War, as a Peacekeeper in Bosnia, and during the Cold War.  He specialized in Bomb Disposal.

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12 thoughts on ““Remember” by Jim Harris

  1. Mr. Harris a war veteran came into our class and talked about his war experiences in war. A part I liked was when Mr. Harris was talking about the impossible bridge the British and Canadians looked at a gap and said a bridge could not be built there. The Indian army looked at it and built the bridge backwards they thought outside the box they got the soldiers out. A connection I have to Mr. Harris’s story is that my Grandpa was in the Navy and was a ship commander. He is retired and still alive. I also thought it was nice that he taught kids in Yugoslavia about mines and what not to touch. There were mines made for kids to touch and to play with. I learned that kids in other countries know more about Canadian veterans than Canada.

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  2. It was an honour to listen to Mr. Harris’s experiences. Seven million mines were deployed in the Bosnian war. People make mines designed to hurt children. Mr. Harris served in the 1st Gulf war, a peacekeeper in Bosnia, and a veteran of 34 years. Mr. Harris visited 33 countries in his career. Mr. Harris was a bomb disposal expert in the royal Canadian military engineers. He was an army instructor for four years-he taught bomb disposal techniques. I won’t forget how he talked about his horrible experiences in the military.

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  3. Mr. Harris saw different types of bombs and mines. Like some bombs that were made just to heart kids. Mr. Harris was a peacekeeper is a person stands in the middle and tries to stop war. Mr. Harris learned that if you don’t trust your soldiers you might ruin everything. You would do stuff that will harm someone. I will not forget that he had PTSD: post traumatic stress disorder It’s a mental illness.

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  4. Mr Harris was a bomb disposal expert he took apart many bombs. Mr Harris taught kids in Yugoslavia. He taught kids how to stay away from bombs and the dangers of war. He has post traumatic stress disorder also none as PTSD. HE GOT PTSD by the horrible things he saw in war. Mr Harris taught me two never go to war.

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  5. It was interesting to listen to Mr. Harris talk about his experiences at war. I learned that there bombs designed to hurt children. If a child steps on one of those bombs, they will get hurt really badly. My connection is that someone in my family was in the war. He is still alive. I learned that Mr. Harris taught kids in Yugoslavia how to stay away from bombs. After teaching children how to stay away from, less people got hurt. I learned that children from other countries know more about Canadian veterans than Canadian children.

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  6. Mr. Harris served in the 1st gulf war. He went to Bosnia to keep the peace and to teach kids and people not to go near mines or play with bombs. He also went there to protect his fellow solders from getting killed or bombed by other solders in war! I have watched many movies were solders go to war and fight shoot people plant mines and other stuff. Mr. Harris returned with PTSD- post traumatic stress ,disorder which is a mental illness. When you go to war and you make it out you probably might have PTSD from seeing many people dead or die or even if you heard so many bombs hit by and shooting. I learned that in war always trust your fellow solders because they might have a plan where they could help you with some stuff you might need to do. You should trust your fellow solders because there on the same team as you so they are not going to hurt you!

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  7. The first thing I learned is that people made mines designed for children. A mine is like a bomb, but in the ground and they made them so children can set them off. Something else I learned is that it is important to veterans to hear people say thank you for your service. Another thing I learned is that children from other countries know more about Canadian veterans than Canadian children. But, Mr. Harris said he would want to change that and how to go to schools with a team to discuss Canadian veterans. What I learned is that 7 million mines were deployed in the Bosnia war.

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  8. Mr. Harris and his reremble story. Mr.Mr. Harris is a train bomb disposale expert. Mr.Harris was train in expertise bomb dissposile teams. Also he was in Yugoslavia. Mr.Harris seen the horrors of war . Harris seen kids with missing limbs and even dead. Mr.Harris been to 3 in his hole career. Mr.Mr. Harris served in the army and help out the people in the 33 country in his career. I learnt that more kid in different country’s now more about our veterans then we, know.

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  9. My favorite part of listening to Mr. Harris was hearing him talk about the peacekeepers. The Indian Army built a bridge across the river for an escape. My uncle was in World War 2 and he died by a mine and lost his leg. Mr. Harris was a bomb disposal expert and deactivated mine and bombs. I learned not to go in war.

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  10. It was an honor to listen to Mr. Harris’s life experiences. My favourite part was when he told us about the impossible bridge. The Indians built the impossible bridge backwards. My dad was in the army he had to help with natural disasters. I prefer to call him a rescue hero not a soldier. Most soldiers come home with ptsd which makes you angry and not able to care about anything. Ptsd is an acranimh for post traumatic stress disorder

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  11. It was an honor meeting Mr. Harris listening to all of the stories he shared with us.I learned that Mr. harris worked on disposing bombs why because he didn’t want to se kids and adults get hurt and maybe even die or miss half of their body. A connection I have is I might be joining the cadets. Because I want to feel what army people went through the war. Mr. harris was an adrenaline junkie why because he wanted to still feel the rush he got when he was in combat. I learned that Canadians are now friends with germany now.

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  12. Mr. Jim Harris is a 34 year veteran of the Canadian Army and it was an honour to listen to him share his experiences of participating in the first Gulf War, and peacekeeping in the former Yugoslavia.

    I learned from Mr. Harris’s presentation that children in other countries know more about Canadian veterans and their service than Canadian children do. Mr. Harris has a goal to address this problem by visiting schools and educating Canadian children about Canadian war veterans.

    A connection I have to Mr. Harris’s story is that my grandfather, Fred Abbott, also served his country in a time of war. My grandfather was a tank commander in North Africa during World War II. Unlike Mr. Harris my grandfather was a factory worker before war start in Europe in 1939 and not a soldier, but like many men, who were not soldiers, he joined the army when the need occurred and serve his country with honour.

    Mr. Harris served as a peacekeeper in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990’S. It must have been incredibly difficult to witness the horrors of war and not be able to stop the slaughter.

    I learned many important messages from Mr. Harris’s presentation, but two facts stand out above the rest. I did not know that many Canadian veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after returning from difficult missions. Mr. Harris appears in good health but inside he admits he suffers from PTSD and is working towards improving his health. PTSD can sometimes occur without soldiers knowing they are sick. I also learned that 5 words can make a differences to a Canadian veteran – “Thank you for your service” is something we should remember to say when we meet a veteran.

    Thank you Mr. Harris for your service and for the sacrifices you have made.

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