For one Drumheller resident, Remembrance Day is a time to reflect on a two-year period when her entire family entered the service to help support the Allies any way they could.

Geraldine Rowbottom and her family were living in the Drumheller area when Canada entered the Second World War. By 1943, her entire family aside from her mother had signed up for the service.

"My sister Madge Contenti, my dad, Uncle Pat and myself. My mother was left with one child [at home]," explained Rowbottom.

Rowbottom served in Ontario for two years, from 1943 to 1945. She spent her time in the service with her sister, although at one point her sister almost got sent elsewhere.

"One time, they were going to send my sister somewhere else, so I went to see the Priest. And he talked to [the military], and so we stayed together the whole time."

Luckily, everyone returned home safely, but that didn't mean the transition back to civilian life was easy. Rowbottom admitted she had a hard time getting used to life in Drumheller after having been in the service. One of hardest things for her was remembering everyone's names again.

Like every Remembrance Day, Rowbottom spends the day reflecting on her war-time years. The next day, Nov. 12, she celebrates her birthday. This year, she turned 94 years old.

"I do, absolutely, think of them -- of everybody. And I'm certainly glad I'm still alive!"

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