Reader im­pressed by com­mem­o­ra­tive stamp

The Compass - - OPINION - — Bill West­cott writes from Clarke’s Beach

In the midst of wide­spread con­tro­versy con­cern­ing Canada Post’s plan to can­cel home de­liv­ery to se­lect ar­eas of the prov­ince, the Gov­ern­ment of Canada on Oct.1 is­sued a new per­ma­nent com­mem­o­ra­tive stamp.

Need­ing some stamps, I re­cently vis­ited our lo­cal post of­fice and pur­chased a book of 10. What nor­mally is rou­tine stuff for me turned out to be a red-let­ter day. I soon found I had just pur­chased one of the most mag­nif­i­cent and poignant postage stamps I ever saw.

By way of ex­pla­na­tion, on Oc­to­ber 1, 1940, Claude Det­t­loff, staff pho­tog­ra­pher for the Van­cou­ver Daily Prov­ince news­pa­per, was pho­tograph­ing sol­diers from the Bri­tish Columbia Reg­i­ment Duke of Con­naught’s Own Ri­fles (6th DECOR) as they marched down a main thor­ough­fare to a wait­ing ship to carry them off to do bat­tle dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Sud­denly, War­ren “Whitey” Bernard, a white-haired five-year old boy, es­caped his mother’s grasp and raced to his fa­ther in the march­ing line. Pho­tog­ra­pher Det­t­loff clicked the shut­ter on the poignant scene, cre­at­ing what would be­come “Wait for Me Daddy,” the most fa­mous Cana­dian pho­to­graph of the Sec­ond World War and one of the most rec­og­nized of all war pho­tos.

I would pre­dict that this par­tic­u­lar stamp will be a col­lec­tor’s spe­cial (I for one will save some of mine). In the midst of daily crit­i­cism to­wards Canada Post comes a postage stamp we can all be proud of. It is world class. It is Cana­dian. It is well worth buy­ing. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Claude Det­t­loff (who is still liv­ing I un­der­stand), to Canada Post and to oth­ers in­volved for this pre­cious piece of Cana­di­ana.

If you haven’t seen the new stamp yet, you are in for a real treat next time you need postage stamps. The spe­cial im­age will brighten your day.

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